Tag: Global-Image-Economy

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Intimate Technology

Breaking Language Barriers

The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.

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Anthropocene

How Many Trees are There on Earth?

Have you ever wondered how many trees there are on the planet? This Nature video estimates that there are about 3.04 trillion trees at the moment on Earth. That is 422 trees per human being. But they are disappearing at the rate of 1.4 trees per person every single year.
We are loosing ten billion trees a year, what if we could pay people with ECO Coins to let the trees stand?

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Next Nature

How to Integrate ECO Coins into Society? Four Eco Dreams in Four Scenarios

Economy and ecology are two spheres that usually do not cooperate. Thanks to the ECO coin the environmental value can be conceived economically. A currency that can be earned by making good and sustainable actions towards nature.

We are talking about an alternative currency that could contribute to solve the current environmental crisis. This project by Next Nature Network was presented at the Border Sessions International Festival in The Hague. Twenty people with different backgrounds gathered to participate to a workshop on the possible introduction of the ECO coin in our culture.

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Suburban Utopia

First Testings of Google’s Project Loon Announced

Project Loon, the plan launched by Google two years ago to bring the Internet in remote areas of the globe through balloons, could be operative in India and Indonesia soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. We already presented the project a few years ago when Google announced it, but recently they revealed their intention to provide internet connection in Indonesia thanks to Project Loon.

Their aim is to connect more than 100 million people in a cheap, new and sustainable way, in a territory where only one person on three is able to profit of a network.

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Suburban Utopia

Could Biomimicry Help us Solve the Refugee Crisis?

Millions of people are, in this very moment, in the midst of one of the biggest refugee crisis of the last several decades. The war in Syria and the unstable situation in the middle East is forcing masses of people into Europe, at a pace and scale that is causing incredible strife. Europe’s ability to absorb an ever growing number of refugees (some data points to 1.5 million people in Germany alone) is put into question both by logistical issues – can these people be taken care of in a proper, humane way? As well as by ideological and political matters – do European nations have the obligation to deal with this problem by themselves? What does this entail?

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Wild Systems

If a Robot Buys XTC on the Dark Web, Who is Responsible?

The Random Darknet Shopper was an algorithm shopping on the Dark Web. Provided with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week, it selected one random item from deep web shop Agora and had it shipped to Switzerland to its makers, !Mediengruppe Bitnik. From counterfeit jeans and hidden camera baseball caps, to a passport scan and a Visa platinum card, everything was collected and put together in an exhibition that took place at the end of 2014. But there was one problem: on one of its shopping sprees the robot ordered a bag of Ecstasy pills.

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Biopolitics

Eco Currency Questions

In December 2014 Radiolab had a show about Worth. The third segment discussed possibilities to put a price-tag on nature, and what this would implicate. Another interesting perspective on an eco-currency. In their own words:

“Back in 1997, a team of scientists slapped a giant price tag on the earth. They calculated the dollar value of every ecosystem on the planet, and tallied it all up: 142.7 trillion dollars. It’s a powerful form of sticker shock — one that could give environmentalists ammunition to protect wetlands and save forests. But some people argue it actually devalues something that should be seen as priceless. Then the apple farmers of Mao county in central China turn this whole debate upside down and make us question the value of understanding nature in terms of dollars and cents.”

Listen to the story here. Image via Shutterstock.

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Fake-for-Real

Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps

The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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