Tag: Global-Image-Economy

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Suburban Utopia

Swedish Government Rewards Citizens Who Repair Instead of Throwing Away

For most Swedes today sustainability is a way of life. They eat, buy, work and travel with the environment in mind, from their shopping carts filled with fair trade products to the yearly carbon emissions reduced by 23% since 1990. In line with this conscious consumer mindset, the Swedish government proposed two economic changes; both ment to shift from a throwaway culture to an economy built on long-lasting and repairable goods.

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The Italian government just launched a campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates and encourage family planning.
Intimate Technology

More Babies for Italy

The Italian government launched a remarkable campaign to raise awareness for falling birthrates. Named Fertility Day, the operation (that took place on September 22) might sound like a national holiday, but it is meant to encourage family planning and maternity. Along the campaign, 12 promotional “postcards” were launched, which went viral for all the wrong reasons. Together with the campaign images, the government created a website and an online game, both currently offline.

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Bitcoins in Japan
Wild Systems

Japan Is Ready to Pay Bills with Bitcoins

From this month onwards, Japanese people can use bitcoins to pay their electricity bills. The land of the rising sun is the first country to accept the digital currency as payment method for basic services. This move represents a huge step for a system that started deep in the web and that is slowly reaching the surface of our everyday life.

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A new study found that instant noodles are being used as currency in US prisons
Supermarket

Ramen: the New Prison Currency

After cigarettes, postage stamps and mackerel, a new currency emerged in US prisons: instant ramen noodles. A new study found out that ramen became a valuable commodity to inmates, as cost-cutting measures in US prisons led to the deterioration of food quality. The noodle currency is used for trading food, clothes, hygiene products and services.

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Brexit climate change
Wild Systems

Brexit: the Cultural Climate Warms Up

On the aftermath of such a historic day for Britain and the EU, it’s easy to get swayed into the polarities of political discourse, particularly on social media and the Internet, where things heat up and move fast. The results of the referendum have just come out, and the Internet is already burning with tension. This, dear readers, is called “climate change” – just not the one you are used to hear about.

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Virtual Gold bullion alternative currency
Wild Systems

How Rare Is Virtual Gold?

Part one of a ten part series exploring the design of an invisible technology: money.

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Tay twitterbot
Wild Systems

Racist Robots and Bloodthirsty Crowds

On March the 23rd, Microsoft unveiled Tay, a twitterbot that was created with the intent of talking like a teenager. It’s artificial intelligence was made to learn from interacting with other people in the twitterverse. It was expected that Tay would make jokes and employ internet-millenial slang. What happened was something different.

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Supermarket consumers impact on the environment
Supermarket

The Biggest Impact on the Planet Comes from Household Consumption

We might think that most of the carbon emission come from the industrial sector and livestock, but a new study suggests that the real environmental problem is represented by the things we buy. In order to understand what is really driving the impact on our planet we have to look past the obvious primary factors and realize whose needs those things are servicing. Keeping this in mind, researchers arrived to the conclusion that household consumers are (by far) the biggest accountable for this crisis.

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