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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

Highly intelligent life might have birthed our universe, according to a scientist's 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 …

Multiverse

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 …

The Workplace

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 …

Geography

'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 …

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 …

Singularity

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 …

Circular Economy

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 …

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 …

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

This Machine Just Started Sucking CO2 Out Of The Air To Save Us From Climate Change

Climeworks carbon capture device will take the gas from the air and sell it or store it in the ground. Now we just need a few hundred thousand more–as quickly as possible.<p>Sitting on top of a waste incineration facility near Zurich, a new carbon capture plant is now sucking CO2 out of the air to …

Embrace the Robots

Technophobia is a formula for stagnation.<p>We have seen the enemy, and it is the robot.<p>A wave of fear over automation is driving dire predictions about …

Is there a future for humans?

Lurking beneath the fear of artificial intelligence and automation threatening people’s jobs lies a deeper, far more profound threat. Do artificial intelligence and automation imperil humanity itself?<p>Those predicting a dystopian future include Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and many …

Artificial Intelligence

It took a century to create the weekend—and only a decade to undo it

We made up the weekend the same way we made up the week. The earth actually does rotate around the sun once a year, taking about 365.25 days. The sun truly rises and sets over twenty-four hours. But the week is man-made, arbitrary, a substance not found in nature. That seven-day cycle in which we …

What Will Humans Look Like 10,000 Years From Now? | International Business Times

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matan Shelomi.</i><p>All life on earth is constantly evolving: the process doesn't stop. As living …

Why rage against the machines when we could be friends?

We need to discuss how smart computers might affect the workplace and ensure that everyone enjoys the benefits<p>In recent years, popular culture has done a pretty good job of scaring us with the threat of machines turning on man. Just think of the red-eyed Terminator, from the movie franchise, shorn …

Machine Learning

What humans will look like in 1,000 years

Humans are still evolving, So, where will evolution take us in 1,000 years?<br>Chances are we’ll be taller. Humans have already seen a boom in height over the last 130 years.<p>In 1880 the average American male was 5’7’’. Today, he’s 5’10’’.<p>We may also merge with machines that can enhance our hearing, …

Architects want to put skyscrapers inside hollowed-out Giant Sequoia trees in California

The average Giant Sequoia tree, native to California's Sierra Nevada, can stretch anywhere from 150 to 280 feet. The world's largest Sequoia (by trunk volume and height) is the General Sherman tree in California, which measures a whopping 275 feet tall and 102 feet wide.<p>Four South Korean architects …