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Technology 101 Skills for Teachers

For the past three years I have been involved with Oklahoma A Plus Schools (@okaplus) as a teacher in their workshops and now as a “fellow” providing …

Fabric-cast concrete is the construction method of the future, say designers

Designers Ron Culver and Joseph Sarafian have developed a method of casting concrete in Lycra stretched by robotic arms, which they believe could be …

Engineering

A Billionaire Just Put Up $100 Million to Create a Tuition-Free School in Silicon Valley

Free tech education.<p>A radical French technology school funded by US$100 million from billionaire entrepreneur Xavier Niel is coming to Silicon …

Silicon Valley

What Will The City Of The Future Look Like?

The way that cities evolve impacts our lives, personally and professionally. Jonathan Reichental works as the Chief Information Officer for the city of Palo Alto, reinventing sectors of the government that are struggling. Cities need a CIO because technology is the center of operations and almost …

Jane Jacobs Was Right About What Makes A Great City And Mobile Phone Data Proves It

Mixed use neighborhoods with dense streets create the “sidewalk ballet” that the famous urban theorist envisioned 100 years ago.<p>In her 1961 book <i>The Death and Life of Great American Cities</i>, the urban theorist and author Jane Jacobs wrote about what makes cities dynamic, safe, and humane. Responding …

Get Free Housing Designs From A Pritzker Prize-Winning Architect

Befitting its reputation for socially driven architecture, Elemental—the Santiago, Chile–based firm of this year’s Pritzker Prize laureate, Alejandro Aravena—has made plans for four of its low-cost housing designs free to the public.<p>In doing so, the firm is making good on its mission to use …

Is the Internet of Things the key to smarter buildings and cities?

CallisonRTKL has been working on a museum project in the Northeast where the Internet of Things (IoT) is part of the conversation about improving the …

Internet of Things

The Next Big Idea in Economic Growth

Short-term gains are sexy, but if businesses want to win, it's about the long game.

Europe is demanding a common smart city platform. Should you be doing the same?

01/20/2016What the smart cities initiative really needs is a common platform for technology adoption that can be shared across different cities. At …

How Cities Are Learning to Think More Like Startups

Tech and innovation have tested cities and urban planners in various ways, from Google’s buses and the specter of inequality, to the infrastructure …

Smart Moves for Cities: The Urban Mobility Revolution Will Start With These 3 Projects

A smart city isn’t necessarily a city brimming with technology. This crucial (and, thankfully, growingly accepted) clarification was strongly …

Children 'destined to lose out to robots' due to outdated exams system, says head

Julian Thomas said the current British education system “designed for a different era” where students lacked the necessary “soft skills” that are relevant to employers today<p>Modern children are destined to lose out to robots because exam system only teaches them how to recall facts, the head of …

18 AI researchers reveal the most impressive thing they've ever seen

This year especially, artificial intelligence (AI) has had a renaissance — Tesla pushed their self-driving autopilot out to all eligible cars, and Google and Facebook have both announced large investments in AI research.<p>The latest human jobs to be taken by robots include video game playing and …

Robot toddler learns to stand -- simply by imagining it

Toddlers often teeter rather precariously, and adorably, on the boundary between falling over and staying upright. Darwin is no different -- except …

Machine Learning

The founder of Oculus says schools need his invention because 'classrooms are broken'

"Classrooms are broken. Kids don't learn the best by reading books," Luckey said at the Dublin Web Summit, according to The Guardian.<p>"There's clearly value in real-world experiences: going to do things. That's why we have field trips. The problem is that the majority of people will never be able to …

Self-driving cars will push us to rethink how we build cities, say planners

Fewer parking lots sprawling the length of football fields, more green space and a reshaped vision of public transit.<p>Those are just a few of the ways driverless cars could lay the groundwork for widespread changes in how cities are designed, according to a group of Canadian architects and urban …

How Artificial Intelligence Will Give Birth To Itself

There’s a saying among futurists that a human-equivalent artificial intelligence will be our last invention. After that, AIs will be capable of …

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

When it comes to educating our children, the global community has made great strides in recent decades. Across the developing world, primary school enrollment reached 91 percent this year--up from 83 percent in 2000. In the same time period, the number of out-of-school children dropped by half. …

UC Davis' Free C-STEM Studio Teaches K-12 Robotics and Computing

STEM<p>K-12 STEM teachers now have a new, free resource to help their students learn math, coding and robotics. The Center for Integrated Computing and …

MIT Researchers Propose Self-Assembling Robots as Future of Construction

Picture this: self-assembling blocks that, when given a task, have the ability to reorganize themselves into new geometries.<p>This is precisely what …

Microsoft releases free computer science curriculum for new developers | On MSFT

It may be surprising to some, but many people are only interested in computers as a consumption device rather than a tool; for example preferring to …

Why Minecraft Rewrites the Playbook for Learning

Progressive educators have been advocating for games-based learning ever since Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, and Reader Rabbit opened up a new …

General Electric and Canonical Working on a New Open-Source IoT Standard

<b>GE, FirstBuild and Canonical are now working together in order to create an "open-source" industry standard for IoT devices that anyone can pick up</b> …

Zortrax Releases Free Robotic Arm 3D Files And new Software Update

3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has this week released a new update for its printing software as well as making free files available for its awesome …

Robotics

AI Robot Says 'F*** You' To Charlie Stayt Live On BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast is no stranger to awkward slip-ups, such as Bill Turnbull dropping the C-Bomb and the nation's favourite gardener saying "bastard" live …

Robotics

Computer scientists aren't safe from AI

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters<p>Step aside "Terminator" — moviemakers looking to make accurate dystopian movies should instead take cues from "The Grapes of Wrath."<p>That's because robots won't take our lives — they're more likely to take our livelihoods.<p>And it's looking more and more likely that these …

Volvo's ROAR robots will take all the heavy, smelly lifting out of trash collection

"Imagine a robot that quietly and discreetly enters your neighborhood." This is not the prelude to a new cautionary tale about the inevitable rise of the machines, but rather the opener to Volvo's press release announcing a new joint venture for the development of autonomous trash-collecting …

AI Software Goes Up Against Fourth Graders on Science Tests - MIT Technology Review

During which season of the year would a rabbit’s fur be thickest? A computer program called Aristo can tell you because it read about bears growing …