The Cochin International Airport in Southern India is not paying electricity bills anymore, it is the world’s first totally solar-powered airport. The first solar panels started appearing over three years ago, initially just on the roof of their terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The idea was clear: become independent from any external electric energy, saving money and polluting less.
MIT researchers have developed a system of traffic control that will make traffic lights obsolete. In this conceptual project, called Light Traffic, the connectivity between cars would allow them to simply blast through intersections without any risk of hitting other vehicles.
Yesterday the Bistro In Vitro Ice Cart took off for the Spring/Summer season in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Bistro In Vitro is a fictitious restaurant with a menu of lab-grown dishes that may end up on your plate one day. We invite you to combine your favorite dishes to create your own personal menu and to reserve a virtual table. At the Bistro In Vitro’s mobile Ice Cream Cart we already give you the chance to taste one of the desserts on the menu.
Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?
We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make. We are our thoughts, whether they are created by our neurons, by our electronically augmented minds, by our technologically mediated social interactions, or by our machines themselves. We are our bodies, whether they are born in womb or test tube, our genes inherited or designed, organs augmented, repaired, transplanted, or manufactured.
Amazon has proven to be a pioneer in innovations and originality. After patenting the 1-Click Ordering system they plan to implement a new payment system, the pay-by-selfie, a technology that enables users to pay for items by taking selfies to confirm their identities.
In the presidential election of 2008 Barack Obama already used data to boost his campaign, but in 2012 it became the most important and effective tool to reach the right voters. The availability of huge piles of data on voters’ behavior is fundamentally reshaping politics and it tends to work in favor of those in power.
For the first time in history the world population counts more overweight people than underweight people. While we became fatter, our life expectancy rose from 59 to 71 years. Even if fatter doesn’t mean also healthier, it implies that fewer people are malnourished, drastically increasing longevity.