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.
Business and sports go hand by hand, but also hi-tech is now stepping in. A group of entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, PayPal and Yahoo, will start a professional soccer team in San Francisco, The San Francisco Deltas. They hope to use virtual reality to improve athletes’ performances – for example, the goalkeeper’s reflex – first in training and then in the actual game. Their ultimate goal is to have a new format in order to improve the show for the public.
Surfers Against Sewage is a charitable organization created with the aim of protecting “the oceans, waves and British beaches”. Their environmentalist battle to bring to the public attention the pollution of our seas and the exploitation of the coast has resulted, over the years, in some effective and sometimes very explicit awareness campaigns. In their provocative last images the target is plastic.
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?
When we cut ourselves the platelets in our blood rush by the thousands to the location of the cut and start aggregating causing the wound to close. This process is very efficient and operates automatically. Inspired by this extraordinary, yet ordinary, feed of our bodies researchers built autonomous nanobots able to locate and repair cuts in circuits, just like our platelets do in our veins.
Our peculiar image of the week shows a sign for Internet opening hours recently encountered in Cuba. At first you read it as a symbol of the stalled technological development in the socialist state, but then you realize the tidal approach to an Internet connection might just as well be interpreted as a deliberate design for silence, quietude and meditation. Back or forward to nature? We file it as Innovative Nostalgia.
Languages are in a constant evolution, but recently they are developing faster than ever. This is happening due to the unquestionable evolution of communication means. In this globalized age we often fantasize about a universal language, even more than English, one that can be used by people of all backgrounds, ages and level of education. This is where the phenomenon of emojis takes place as something verbal and nonverbal at the same time.
The Olympic Games have evolved a lot over the years, the inaugural games in Athens in 1896 only offered nine sports. Many changes have been made since then, but every one of them is carefully thought through. While the Olympics and Paralympics are against the use of technological and motorized enhancements, the upcoming cyborg Olympics want to encourage people with disabilities to benefit from these hi-tech appliances, investigating if electronically enhanced humans have an unfair advantage.