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'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. …

Architecture

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 …

Long-form Journalism

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

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Predicts That Technology Will End Nation States

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

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 …

Architecture

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 …

Singularity

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

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 …

Sustainability

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 …

Keynesian Economics

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 …

Evolution

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, …

Singularity

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 …

Drought

Scientists think we all may be dead in 2050

<b>According to research around the future of Artificial Intelligence, the human race could vanish within our lifetime.</b><p>At last, some good news, …

LeGrow modular planters are like Legos for indoor gardening

Complete with LED lights and USB ports<p>Like Legos for plant enthusiasts, LeGrow is a modular, tech-forward indoor garden system designed so that each pot can be stacked and attached to other pots like toy bricks.<p>The modular pieces are assembled to create self-sustaining ecosystems, perfect for city …

Are zoo animals happy? There’s a simple empathy test we can apply

Even the best-managed zoos fail to address a captive animal's basic need for freedom<p>The plight of animals in entertainment has gained unprecedented public attention over the past several years, and much of the consciousness-raising has occurred by way of a particular orca whale named Tilikum, known …

The Truth About Dairy: What to Avoid, What's Okay, and Why

<b>Milk is marketed in a way that makes us all believe it is good for us.</b> It has protein and is the “best” source of calcium, right? This marketing is …

Nutrition

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2029

Kurzweil’s Predictions<p>Ray Kurzweil, Google’s Director of Engineering, is a well-known futurist with a high-hitting track record for accurate …

Earth - Life may actually be getting better at evolving

In 1996, a young graduate student called Richard Watson sat down to read a paper on evolution. The article was provocative. It tackled a long-running problem in evolutionary biology: we do not fully understand how organisms can adapt so successfully to their environments.<p>Creatures do not seem to be …

China builds first 'bird airport' to attract feathered friends

An airport for migratory birds is being created close to one of China's most populous cities. It's not as weird as it sounds.<p>At first glance, birds …

Birds

The 4th Industrial Revolution And A Jobless Future - A Good Thing?

It’s estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of jobs that exist today are at risk of being lost to automation. Repetitive, blue collar type jobs might be first, but even professionals — including paralegals, diagnosticians, and customer service representatives — will be at risk.<p>This isn’t just …

Intelligence