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Terrifying, first-person photos show the claustrophobic conditions inside Hong Kong's 'coffin cubicles'

Hong Kong is in the midst of a housing crisis. As prices begin to rise and the city grows denser, some have resorted to living in the smallest of spaces.<p>Since 2012, photographer Benny Lam has been documenting the housing situation in Hong Kong by focusing his camera on what have become known as …

Hong Kong

The 8-hour workday has no place in modern society — here’s why

The thought of clocking in and out of the workplace can make us feel like robots. When we clock in at 9 a.m. and clock out at 5 p.m. (or 6 p.m. or …

Charlie Munger

Google's AI Can Make Its Own AI Now

Artificial intelligence is advanced enough to do some pretty complicated things: read lips, mimic sounds, analyze photographs of food, and even …

Alzheimer's Disease

6 ways humankind might accidentally bring about the ‘techpocalypse’

Here in 2017, technology’s pretty great. It’s helping us live longer, healthier lives, with more access to education and entertainment, and tools …

Particle Accelerators

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective.<p>It seems like …

Smart Cities

Estonia's Top Futurist Explains How Tech will Make Countries Obsolete

The country's very own cryptocurrency is just the start.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Blockchain, Data & Infrastructure<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Kaspar …

Innovation

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

Mindfulness

What happened to our promised leisure time? And will we find it in the smart city?

Whether it’s the use of Terminator imagery, visions of dystopia, or discussions of genomics, it’s common practice to use the metaphors and framing of …

Smart Cities

The architect banishing straight lines from China's cities

<b>(CNN) —</b> Chinese skylines have been subjected to tremendous change over the past decade. Heritage sites and huge swaths of traditional housing have been razed and replaced with soaring towers symbolizing wealth, development and power.<p>With hundreds of millions of people set to migrate from rural …

China

Robot eyes and an implant that detects magnetic north: meet the biohackers

Will using technology to augment our bodies one day be as commonplace as piercings and tattoos?<p>“I’m not wearing technology – I <i>am</i> technology,” says …

Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark review – we are ignoring the AI apocalypse

Yuval Noah Harari responds to an account of the artificial intelligence era and argues we are profoundly ill-prepared to deal with future technology<p>Artificial intelligence will probably be the most important agent of change in the 21st century. It will transform our economy, our culture, our …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientist Predicts a Sixth Mass Extinction in 2100

It's simple mathematics.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Biology, Dinosaurs, Evolution & Oceans<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Scientists say humans who are alive …

Climate Change

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 Fiction

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 …

Singularity

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 …

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 …

Cabins

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 …

Evolutionary Biology

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

Italian architect Stefano Boeri has become a visionary. He’s not only developing new concepts on paper but is trying to implement and build as much …

Shenzhen

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 …

'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 …

Trump Tower