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Greedy, Brittle, Opaque, and Shallow: The Downsides to Deep Learning

Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, has said that AI “is more profound than … electricity or fire.” Andrew Ng, who founded Google Brain and …

Machine Learning

More Bike Lanes Could Save up to 10,000 Lives a Year in Europe

A study of 167 European cities lays out the positive effects—and limits—of investing in more cycling infrastructure.<p>European cities could reap huge rewards for building out their cycling infrastructure, but perhaps no incentive is as important as this: By expanding bike networks, they could prevent …

Cities

Here’s What Our Cities Could Look Like in 2121

A professor imagines an eco-conscious world where ‘things can change for the better.’<p>The year is 2121. Stilted houses in Phnom Penh sit above urban farms fed by the Mekong River. Athens is smog free after a ban on cars, and Tokyo’s families live in nuclear radiation–proof homes. In Greenville, …

Phnom Penh

Beware China's 'anti-smog tower' and other plans to pull pollution from the air

An air purifying tower the size of a small skyscraper has been built in the city of Xi'an, China. Reports from the scientists behind the project seem …

Pollution

China is building solar roadways – ‘transparent concrete’ atop solar cells that charge driving cars

China is building roadways with solar panels underneath that may soon have the ability to charge cars wirelessly and digitally assist automated vehicles. This second solar roadway project – part of the Jinan City Expressway – is a 1.2 mile stretch. The building technique involves transparent …

Young people want walkable neighbourhoods, but safety is a worry

We all know physical activity is good for us; that most of us should do more of it; and that walking is a cheap and convenient physical activity. So, …

Urban Design

The history of how Delhi’s air pollution got so toxic

It was April 1999 and I was at my first press conference. It had been organised to tell the world that we had received a legal notice from Tata Motors for a whopping Rs100 crore. This was over an article that my late colleague Anil Agarwal and I had written, talking about toxins emitted by diesel …

India

Record cheap electricity is transforming world energy markets as Canada struggles to keep up

Radically new Alberta auction system will play a part in disrupting the global energy market<p>A new world record price for electricity set earlier this …

Combining Solar Panels With Agriculture Makes Land More Productive

<b>Published on</b> November 24th, 2017 | <i>by Steve Hanley</i><p>0<p>November 24th, 2017 by <b>Steve Hanley</b><p>Solar panels are wonderful things, but they do take up a lot of …

Clean Energy

Jan Gehl: “In The Last 50 Years, Architects Have Forgotten What a Good Human Scale Is”

<i>This interview was initially published in Spanish by City Manager as “Jan Gehl, ciudades para la gente.”</i><p>Jah Gehl is recognized as a follower of Jane …

Urbanism

The world's tropical forests now emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined

Scientists have a wake-up call for the world.<p>Tropical forests are now a threat in our fight against climate change. They emit more CO2 than all US cars and trucks combined, according to a study recently published in Science. This wasn't always the case.<p>After all, trees absorb CO2 from the …

Forests

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

Mindfulness

10 places in the US where young people are happy, rents are affordable, and jobs are plentiful

Despite stabilizing rent prices in popular coastal markets like New York City, Boston, and San Francisco, these places remain unaffordable for the average millennial.<p>Cities in the Midwest and South, however, offer affordable housing, stable and well-paying jobs, and a good quality of life.<p>That's …

Real Estate

These US cities have the worst congestion

INRIX, a traffic data firm based in Washington, ranked the 25 US cities with the worst congestion based on the duration, length, and frequency of traffic jams in the city. As part of the ranking, INRIX determined the number of traffic "hot spots" in each city.<p>INRIX then identified the cost of …

Urban Design

Millennials Put a Choke Hold on the Fossil Fuel Industry

Chloe Maxmin and other Millennials pushing the Divest campaign are swiftly convincing Wall Street that investing in coal, oil, or natural gas is a …

Bill McKibben

Firestorm brewing as next big housing/commercial project gets first airing in Dublin

DUBLIN — A 76-acre development that backers say will give this city of sprawl a focal point goes before the City Council for the first time Tuesday …

Jam2go / Betwin Space Design

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Visual media are infiltrating into daily life deeply. An increasing number of people are expressing …

Parks and Bicycles Were Lifelines After Mexico City's Earthquake

Open spaces and nimble rides were crucial as volunteers collected and dispersed supplies amid toppled infrastructure.<p>Seconds after a powerful earthquake struck Mexico City on September 19, the mobile phone network was down. Stoplights ceased to function as electricity failed, and the city’s streets …

Lyft proposes street redesign for a driverless future

The concept cuts some traffic lanes while doubling the transportation capacity of the street<p>Ride-hailing service Lyft is making moves in urban planning. Working with architecture firm Perkins + Will and the transportation consultants Nelson\Nygaard, the startup recently developed a street redesign …

In Just 7 Words, Apple CEO Tim Cook Shows Why the Future of Apple Might Be Doomed

Apple just announced a lot of exciting new products and features. But here's why Tim Cook's long-term vision might fall short.<p>At Apple's Special Event on Tuesday, the company unveiled its latest smartphone--known as the iPhone X--which will include facial-recognition software and a $999 price …

Tim Cook

Toward the Peaceful Coexistence of Buses and Bikes

A design solution known as the “floating” bus stop is gaining attention in U.S. cities.<p>It’s one of the most disconcerting interactions on urban and suburban streets: the uncomfortable, out-of-sync dance between bicycles and buses traveling in the same direction. Often, the person riding a bike will …

An army of robots planned, designed, and built this 3-story house from the ground up

This 3D printed construction is on an entirely new level of automation.<p>The DFAB House in Zurich is designed and built entirely by an army of robots …

Robotics

Soon, Swiss tilting trains to run on Indian railway tracks; India signs MoU with Switzerland | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

India will collaborate with Switzerland for developing trains which will tilt on approaching a bend, just like a motorbike on a winding road.<p>A …

When Cities Won't Protect Bike Lanes, 'Human Bollards' Step Up

From Idaho to Ireland, cyclists are linking arms to protest inadequate cycling infrastructure.<p>New York City’s signature green-painted bike lanes have spread nearly as fast as Duane Reades and Chase Banks, it seems. But many new lanes are unprotected by physical barriers, which help make safe rides …

The Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps for Architects

<i>This article was originally published by Archipreneur.</i><br>Virtual reality and augmented reality tools for the AEC industry are getting increasingly …

6 Social Media Trends to Prepare for in 2018

2018 is only four months away, and brands have to prepare to take advantage of the opportunities social media presents -- or their competitors will.<p>When it comes to reaching audiences, effectively distributing your content, and building a following around your brand, social media offers a wealth of …

Marketing

Ojo wants to be the electric scooter for commuters, but it’s not there yet

Commuting in a busy city like San Francisco can be annoying — between all the cars, bikes, Boosted Boards and other electric gizmos zipping and weaving through lanes. The Ojo Electric scooter, while it might help with your personal traffic woes, won’t do much to help reduce the overall annoyance …

Plans lodged for Canberra's 'Northbourne Plaza'

Plans for a public plaza between Canberra's Sydney and Melbourne buildings have been lodged with the National Capital Authority.<p>The design of the …

Atlanta's Planning Department Makeover

A new seal, a new name, and most importantly, new signs that people will actually read.<p>Public notices about tree removal or zoning ordinances rarely catch the attention of the average person walking by them. That’s no longer the case in Atlanta.<p>Fed up with the cluttered and uninspiring signage …