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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 …

Evolution

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 …

Innovation

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

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Minds. Click Here to Fight It

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 …

Social Media

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 …

Intelligence

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.

Air Pollution

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 …

Space Science

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

Originally published on<b>pionic</b> <b>⋅</b> Follow us on <b>Flipboard</b><p>Italian architect Stefano Boeri has become a visionary. He’s not only developing new concepts on …

Architecture

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 …

Productivity

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 …

Elon Musk

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

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

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. …

A Sociology of the Smartphone

<i>Adam Greenfield</i> | Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life |<i> Verso | June 2017</i> |<i> 27 minutes (7,433 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is an excerpt from</i> Radical …

Wikimedia

Elon Musk wants to link computers to our brains to prevent an existential threat to humanity

Elon Musk is a busy guy.<p>He's developing electric vehicles, self-driving cars, tunnel-boring infrastructure technology, and re-usable rockets (with the goal of getting humans to Mars).<p>Given Musk's ambitiousness, it's not totally surprising that he is also launching a company that will look into ways …

Singularity

Ray Kurzweil Predicts That Technology Will End Nation States

Countries are over.<p>The age of individual countries is over, says futurist Ray Kurzweil.<p>In a video posted to Kurzweil’s Singularity University YouTube …

Luxurious solar home wraps around a sloped green roof

Architecture and landscape unite in the MeMo House, a solar-powered home in Buenos Aires built to maximize green space. Located between infill …

The circular economy enters the world stage, with Finland leading the way

A revolutionary concept for the way economies work is moving into the mainstream, with 1,500 key players discussing it in Helsinki this week<p>It took the Earth a couple of hundred million years to turn animal remains into oil. It takes us just a couple of minutes to finish an espresso macchiato – and …

Rise of the machines: who is the ‘internet of things’ good for?

Interconnected technology is now an inescapable reality – ordering our groceries, monitoring our cities and sucking up vast amounts of data along the way. The promise is that it will benefit us all – but how can it? By Adam Greenfield<p>In San Francisco, a young engineer hopes to “optimise” his life …

Internet of Things

Ray Kurzweil's Most Exciting Predictions About the Future of Humanity

The Futurist<p><i>Motherboard</i> has called Ray Kurzweil “a prophet of both techno-doom and techno-salvation.” With a little wiggle room given to the …

Scientists Want to Set Some Ground Rules to Stop AI Taking Over The World

Who's in charge here?<p>Artificial intelligence technology is accelerating forward at a blistering pace, and a trio of scientists are calling for more …

Artificial Intelligence

Smartdomes Bring Retro Futurism to the Tiny House Movement

At Slovenian builder Smartdome Constructions, the Retro Futurism of the '60s has finally come to the Tiny House Movement with their new …

Architecture

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

Outdoors

Indoor slides, fireman's poles instead of stairs... Inside the mad home of David Cameron's architect

Alex Michaelis knows a thing or two about creating extraordinary spaces. Co-founder of architect Michaelis Boyd, he has worked on high-profile projects around the world, from safari lodges in Botswana to new residences at Battersea Power Station.<p>With practice partner Tim Boyd, he built a reputation …

Architecture