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The Story of Money: Paper

They say that money makes the world go round. But how does it work, and how has it changed over time? While developing the ECO Coin, we’ve been thinking a great deal of money, past and present. From the origins of civilization up to present day, economy has gone through countless shakeups, and yet we tend to take our current way of thinking about money for granted. Welcome to the fourth part of The Story of Money: Paper.

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HUBOT: Meet the Remote Savior

When giving first aid, all kinds of emotions are in play. Thus it is important for the victim of an accident to receive emotional assistance and to be mentally supported during an emergency or crisis. As a remote savior, you are unable to provide physical assistance in the event of an accident due to a disability, but by means of a smart bracelet you are in contact with the injured person and can use your empathic qualities to offer moral support.

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Food Technology

An afternoon with Josh Tetrick: The man who wants to bring in vitro meat to the market by 2018

Meet Joshua Tetrick, CEO and founder of food startup Hampton Creek. Tetrick is internationally known for his bold wish to reinvent the food industry, and he’s been at it since 2011. Now working with Ira van Eelen (who you may know as the daughter-of-the-godfather-of-in-vitro-meat), he is ready to make a change. Currently speaking with governments in US, Singapore, China and the Netherlands to explore what leadership in this field looks like, Josh and Ira make their claim for global awareness. Their biggest challenge today? Launch lab-grown meat on the market by the end of 2018.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Skyscraper Fails to Load Its Textures

Our peculiar image of the week comes from New York, where observant residents were surprised to see a skyscraper that looked like it was struggling to load its textures. The Twitter user who snapped the uncanny picture eventually figured out that the odd low-resolution effect was created by reflections from a neighboring building. But it’s telling about the world we live in that an illusion like this can so quickly cause us to confuse reality with digital rendering. Via Twitter.

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Next Nature

The Story of Money: Gold

They say that money makes the world go round. But how does it work, and how has it changed over time? While developing the ECO Coin, we’ve been thinking a great deal of money, past and present. From the origins of civilization up to present day, economy has gone through countless shakeups, and yet we tend to take our current way of thinking about money for granted. Welcome to the third part of The Story of Money: Gold.

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Society of Simulations

AI & VR Impact on Architects and Engineers

The modern world is only just now starting to come to terms with the idea of fully immersive digital experiences. We’re not talking about the kind you get sitting in front of a screen, playing games or watching media. We’re talking about entering a digital space via virtual reality or augmented reality tech.

It’s clear the technology is about to disrupt many industries as it advances in capability. Imagine a VR system to give military personnel real-world, hands-on experiences without ever leaving an in-country facility. Or, envision AR tools that help construction and project managers visualize a property or structure before it’s complete.

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Office Garden

HUBOT: Meet the Data Waiter

As a data waiter you are working at the Tinder restaurant. Upon arrival, visitors log in with their social media account. An intelligent algorithm matches the guests based on their likes and Chef Watson cooks a perfectly fitting dinner for the new couple. Through an augmented contact lens, the data waiter has access to the customer’s information and can use this data to astonish them. For instance, you see that your guest recently returned from Indonesia and welcome them with a cold Bintang beer.

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