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This book imagines what animals might look like if humans went extinct

A new edition of the 1981 book After Man: A Zoology of the Future is here<p>If humans disappeared from the face of the Earth, letting evolution run its course, what would animals look like in 50 million years? That was the premise of the book <i>After Man: A Zoology of the Future</i>, published in 1981 by …

Books

How one little thermostat started a design revolution

A Nest Learning Thermostat was on the wall of my home a year after its debut. Not because it was cheaper than the competition (it cost $249), nor was it the only Wi-Fi-connected, app-enabled thermostat to hit shelves. My main reason for my purchase was purely superficial: I wanted a Nest because it …

Home Automation

Booming cities are fueling the rise of the super commuter

A strong economy without more urban housing means miserable commutes for millions of people. About one in 36 commuters (roughly 2 million people) are so-called “super commuters,” people who travel an average of about two hours per day. That compares to an average of 26 minutes …

A German designer who refused to work for Hitler became a pioneer of American infographics

There was a time when everyone knew Will Burtin’s name. The German graphic designer’s talents was so renowned that publishers, museums, and scientists clamored for his services. And so did fascist rulers.<p>As a young designer working in Cologne, Burtin impressed the Nazi propaganda minster Joseph …

Infographics

This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Natural Gas

Researchers find the best way to press a button

When all you have is a finger everything looks like a button. But what happens if you’re unable to press buttons or, more likely, we begin using robots and other tools to interact with the real world? That’s what researchers at Aalto University, Finland, and KAIST, South Korea wanted to find out …

IBM delivers Watson-powered voice assistant for consumer brands

What’s Next for Humanity: Automation, New Morality and a ‘Global Useless Class’

LONDON — What will our future look like — not in a century but in a mere two decades?<p>Terrifying, if you’re to believe Yuval Noah Harari, the Israeli historian and author of “Sapiens” and “Homo Deus,” a pair of audacious books that offer a sweeping history of humankind and a forecast of what lies …

Artificial Intelligence

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Cambridge Analytica

The ISS Is Getting A Robot Head That Floats Around Smiling At Astronauts

In space, no one can hear your HR complaint.<p>Since Stanley Kubrick’s <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, we’ve always thought that a robotic companion in space would look like some sociopathic mainframe, with a glowing red eye that seemed to burn with a matter-of-fact contempt. But which is creepier in the frozen …

The NRA’s Guide To School Design In The Age Of Active Shooters

In 2013, the NRA had some ideas for how to stop school shootings–including thorny bushes.<p>In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting this month, the focus of the NRA and President Trump has been on arming teachers. But after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2013, an NRA task force published a report that …

Apple will open clinics to test health products, offer employees ‘world’s best’ care

In a dramatic public expansion of its recent health initiatives, Apple will launch primary care clinics this spring to provide employees with the “world’s best health care experience,” while testing consumer health products and services ahead of public release. Discovered by CNBC, the Apple-owned …

Digital Health

Amazon’s Labor-Tracking Wristband Has a History

Jeff Bezos is stealing from a 19th-century playbook.<p>Amazon recently received patents for an “ultrasonic bracelet” that tracks workers’ movements. Pitched as a labor-saving device, they monitor how efficiently workers fill orders as well as giving them positive “haptic feedback” -- a little …

Jeff Bezos

A Mesmerizing First Look At The Dieter Rams Documentary

More than perhaps anyone, documentary filmmaker Gary Hustwit has articulated the supreme importance of design in our world. With his films <i>Helvetica</i>, <i>Objectified</i>, and <i>Urbanized</i>, he explored the impact of typography, industrial design, and city planning, respectively. But in <i>Rams</i>, his latest documentary …

The ChameleonMask will allow a stranger to live your life so you don’t have to – at last, we can be alone but never lonely<p>There was a tree in the Sahara that stood alone for 300 years. There were no other trees for 250 miles, and for this reason the Ténéré Tree became famous, in its way. In the 30s …

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Don’t panic! Here’s how to make screens a positive in family life

If children’s online pursuits make us scared, they’re important enough to be curious about<p>A few years ago we started reading <i>The Secret Garden</i> as a bedtime story to my older daughter. For an American, the Yorkshire dialect was rough going, until my husband hit on the idea of going to YouTube. There, …

London School of Economics

Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?

The tech industry is having a moment of reflection. Even Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook are talking openly about the downsides of software and …

The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users — Not Buyers

What makes a brand successful in the digital age? A joint study by SAP, Siegel+Gale, and Shift Thinking suggests that digital brands don’t just do things differently; they also think differently. Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the <i>minds</i> of their customers, digital …

Customer Experience

How To Be Human In An AI Future

As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated and its ability to perform human tasks accelerates exponentially, we’re finally seeing some attempts to wrestle with what that means, not just for business, but for humanity as a whole.<p>From the first stone ax to the printing press to the latest …

How Sci-Fi Design Experiences Became Reality

ESI Design principal Ed Schlossberg talks how far exhibit design technology has come, and where it's going next<p>Gif Playing<p>In today's world, a virtual home assistant can control various electronics in your house (and she's a feminist, too), and virtual reality headsets have been popularized for both …

SpaceX’s spacesuited Starman mannequin serves a real purpose

SpaceX put a “Starman” into space today, on a path to a potential wide looping orbit of Mars and Earth — it was actually a mannequin wearing an official SpaceX crew flight suit, but it was more than just a fun payload for a rocket that stood every chance of exploding mid-flight, it turns out.<p>Elon …

Microsoft Interns Built An App That Turns Napkin Sketches Into UI

Right now, the technology is merely promising. One day, it could be revolutionary.<p>There are two types of people in this world–and no one knew it until 2008, with the launch of the iPhone. Type one had a million-dollar idea for an app. Type two had a million-dollar idea for an app that they also had …

Finally, Facial Recognition for Cows Is Here

Face recognition has spread from airports to soccer games to elementary schools and now, farms and stables. Global food giant Cargill announced …

How to Design Cities for Children

A billion kids are now growing up in urban areas. But not all cities are planned with their needs in mind.<p>There’s a device called the Mosquito that emits an annoying sound at a very high frequency—so high that only young people can hear it. It’s marketed by its manufacturers as a means of …

Amazon Health

It’s pretty rare for the same company to feature in two consecutive Weekly Articles; yesterday’s announcement of a health care initiative involving …

The future of the connected home isn’t connected toothbrushes – it’s entirely new business models

The smart home is dumb – in its present form. The first wave of Connected Home products has become synonymous with technology for its own sake: …

The Emotional Chatbots Are Here to Probe Our Feelings

When Eugenia Kuyda created her chatbot, Replika, she wanted it to stand out among the voice assistants and home robots that had begun to take root in …

Artificial Intelligence

How IKEA's Democratic Design nudges people into better behaviour

From parties to pets, the head of design at IKEA, Marcus Engman, sets out IKEA's vision for the future of design. With only 20 designers but 2,000 …

IBM partnership aims to create smart shipping port with IoT sensors, AI, big data

Working with the Port of Rotterdam, the tech company will help drive digital transformation with the use of data analytics.<p>Building a slide deck, …