Tag: Suburban Utopia

Manufactured Landscapes

The World’s First Floating City

What does a citizen have to do when the sea rises to alarming levels? Shall we all lift up our houses and start to live up in the air? Or maybe put our cities onto floating islands so they cannot be flooded? While both scenarios sounds like science fiction, the second one had persuaded the government of French Polynesia: in an effort to protect and enhance the country, the government has signed an agreement with non-profit Seasteading Institute in California to build the world’s first floating city.

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Intimate Technology

Facial Recognition Replaces Passports

Australian airports start moving towards a “contactless” system for arrivals. The goal is to have 90% of the travelers handled automatically by 2020, with no human involvement at all. Instead of showing their passports to a security officer, incoming passengers will be processed by biometrical technology.

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Hyundai car smart home
Suburban Utopia

Architects, You Better Design Cars!

Throughout the history of transports there have been moments that redefined the paradigm of the car. It can be the way of going from point A to point B, a machine to break velocity records and impress the audience, or your own business. The automobile has also shaped our cities and our culture, it made our streets wider, turned fields and forests into parking lots and made the air unbreathable. A new vision by Hyundai is set to redefine the paradigm of what a car is, and with it the shape of our houses and furniture may change radically. The funny thing is that it seems quite obvious, why didn’t we think of this sooner?

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Pandas Crossing the Sky

If Japan has cat-buses, why China can’t have panda-trains? A new network of skytrains is set to debut this year in the Chinese city of Chengdu. But, why pandas? Well, the city is famous for its Panda bear reserves and breeding centers, so riding one the work just seems the most natural thing to do.

Peculiar image of the week via Next Shark.

Swipe and wipe with toilet paper for your smartphone.
Microbial Factories

Toilet Paper for Your Smartphone

Usually when you cross the border or when your flight lands, you’ll receive a welcoming text message that informs you about roaming charges, and maybe sends you a code to get free WiFi access. If you are planning to travel to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport anytime soon, expect to find this information on a roll of tiny toilet paper that you can simultaneously use to disinfect your phone.

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Dutch train passenger travel 100% on wind power.
Suburban Utopia

Dutch Trains Now Run on Wind Power

The train is the most sustainable mode of transport for long-distance travel. And from January 1st, the Dutch Railways NS made it more environmentally friendly. They partnered with renewable energy supplier Eneco to solely operate all electric trains on new green energy, allowing 600.000 daily passengers to travel 100% carbon-free. That’s 1.200.000 train rides a day!

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Amazon Echo could help save a murder case, at all costs.
Information Decoration

Solving Crimes Thanks to Amazon Echo

In March Amazon launched a game on their Echo smart speaker, inviting users to solve the fictional murder of Bruce and Martha Wayne, Batman’s parents. Needless to say the adventure was a marketing plug to promote the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Surprisingly the fiction became a reality, when local police in Arkansas obtained a warrant for Amazon to turn over recording data from an Echo device to help prosecute a suspected murderer. Reportedly, Amazon has declined giving such information, twice.

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