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Terrifying, first-person photos show the claustrophobic conditions inside Hong Kong's 'coffin cubicles'

Hong Kong is in the midst of a housing crisis. As prices begin to rise and the city grows denser, some have resorted to living in the smallest of spaces.<p>Since 2012, photographer Benny Lam has been documenting the housing situation in Hong Kong by focusing his camera on what have become known as …

The 8-hour workday has no place in modern society — here’s why

The thought of clocking in and out of the workplace can make us feel like robots. When we clock in at 9 a.m. and clock out at 5 p.m. (or 6 p.m. or …

Google's AI Can Make Its Own AI Now

Artificial intelligence is advanced enough to do some pretty complicated things: read lips, mimic sounds, analyze photographs of food, and even …

6 ways humankind might accidentally bring about the ‘techpocalypse’

Here in 2017, technology’s pretty great. It’s helping us live longer, healthier lives, with more access to education and entertainment, and tools …

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective.<p>It seems like …

Estonia's Top Futurist Explains How Tech will Make Countries Obsolete

The country's very own cryptocurrency is just the start.<p>Kaspar Korjus has big plans for Estonia’s future. He’s the managing director of the country’s …

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

What happened to our promised leisure time? And will we find it in the smart city?

Whether it’s the use of Terminator imagery, visions of dystopia, or discussions of genomics, it’s common practice to use the metaphors and framing of …

The architect banishing straight lines from China's cities

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chinese skylines have been subjected to tremendous change over the past decade. Heritage sites and huge swaths of traditional housing have been razed and replaced with soaring towers symbolizing wealth, development and power.<p>With hundreds of millions of people set to migrate from rural …

China

Robot eyes and an implant that detects magnetic north: meet the biohackers

Will using technology to augment our bodies one day be as commonplace as piercings and tattoos?<p>“I’m not wearing technology – I <i>am</i> technology,” says …

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark review – we are ignoring the AI apocalypse

Artificial intelligence will probably be the most important agent of change in the 21st century. It will transform our economy, our culture, our politics and even our own bodies and minds in ways most people can hardly imagine. If you hear a scenario about the world in 2050 and it sounds like …

Singularity

Scientist Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction in 2100

It's simple mathematics.<p>Scientists say humans who are alive today might have the all-too-real experience of witnessing the beginning of a mass …

Climate Change

Nobel laureates cite top dangers to human survival -- overlook gravest one

Fifty Nobel Prize winners recently listed what they believe are the greatest risks to humankind. What I find significant is that most of them unwittingly pointed the finger at the unintended consequences of our science and technology.<p>Of the top 11 dangers the Nobel laureates flag, fully seven …

Science

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Even more evidence that we’re continuing to change.<p>The nice thing about bacteria is that they multiply really fast. This is inconvenient if they happen to infect, but useful if you want to see how evolution works. Put antibiotics on a Petri dish with enough bacteria, and a few days later you’ll …

Biology

Technology will not save the world — we will

I have a copy of a long-forgotten 1987 book by Arthur C Clarke: <i>July 20, 2019: Life in the 21st century</i>. I did not plan on mentioning it until the …

A key government report on climate change is out. Here's what you need to know

The New York Times published a draft of the report on Monday night.<p>[<i>Editor's note: This story has been updated with more details about the origins of the draft report.</i>]<p><i>The New York Times</i> published a draft of a long-awaited government report on climate change on Monday night, and the picture it …

Climate Change

Our Minds Have Been Hijacked by Our Phones. Tristan Harris Wants to Rescue Them

Sometimes our smart phones are our friends, sometimes they seem like our lovers, and sometimes they’re our dope dealers. And no one, in the past 12 …

We have unrealistic expectations of a tech-driven future utopia

It’s time to talk about the potential value of limits on technology.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>No one likes to think about limits, especially in the tech industry, where the …

Liuzhou Forest City

Liuzhou Forest City is a new green masterplanned city that fights air pollution. The completed project will be a city where offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools are entirely covered by plants and trees.

Obstacle Racers NZ

ORNZ Editor Max took a camera along for today's workout... the Workout of the Month for July!<p>Presented by Mike McMillan, Primal Movement Trainer. Do …

Forest House

The Forest House is a spectacular family retreat in Northern California. Nestled among tall trees in a forested hill area, the unique house features …

Architecture

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

An Architect’s Masterplan: Liuzhou Will Become A Unique Smog-Eating Forest City

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has become a visionary. He’s not only developing new concepts on paper but is trying to implement and build as much …

How to Stay Healthy When You're at a Desk From 9 to 5 (and Beyond)

Offices typically aren't environments conducive to healthy habits. From staring at computer screens for hours on end to sitting at your desk all day …

Elon Musk: The World’s Population is Accelerating Towards Collapse

Musk’s Warning<p>A recent article in <i>New Scientist</i> got the attention of Elon Musk on Twitter this week, prompting him to tweet out the link.<p>Could the …

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose books she admired. “hi timothy,” her first message to him began. “i wanted to write this letter for a long time.” She was trying to give a name to her own singular genre, to label her work for posterity before the critics did. She …

Anthropocene

Incredible luxury tree house is hidden away in a Cape Town forest

Not all tree houses are rustic backyard projects—some, like the stunning House Paarman in Cape Town, take the typology to luxurious new heights. …