Tag: Suburban Utopia

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north.
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A Floating Tunnel for Norway

Is it a tunnel? Is it a bridge? No, it is a combination of both! The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) proposed an underwater tunnel hanging from floating pontoons from the southern city of Kristiansand to Trondheim in the north. Now travellers are facing seven ferry crossings and a drive of 21 hours to overpass the western coastline. According to Wired, the infrastructure could cost over 22 billion euros.

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Morality of an Autonomous Car

Imagine three traffic situations that lead to unavoidable harm: 1. Turn to save the life of several pedestrians but kill one person; 2. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of a single pedestrian; 3. Turn to sacrifice yourself in favour of several people. What would you do in each of them? Would it affect your decision knowing the age of the people that would die? Or the chances for survival (speed, road conditions etc.)? Now imagine that these questions need to be answered by a car.

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Hallstatt in China
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Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

As the saying goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, so Hallstatt – a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria – can feel really proud. Among numerous fake Italian villas and French palaces, it is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China. State-owned developer Minmetals constructed it in the suburbs of Huizhou, in the southern part of the country.

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Food Technology

This Robot will Grow Food in Your Backyard

The FarmBot Genesis is a farming machine designed for at-home automated food production. The autonomous robot can be installed atop and around a small garden – in your backyard, on a rooftop, or inside a greenhouse. FarmBot performs nearly the entire gardening process prior to harvesting, including planting the seeds, watering each plant precisely and on a set schedule, monitoring conditions and removing weeds. You can pre-order your own FarmBot kit for $3,900.

Pokemon Go and virtual property
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Pokemon Go and Virtual Property

In the 90’s Pokemon took over the world. Young people were completely hooked by it. This craze gave rise to a trade market of Pokemon cards, kids used to spend their lunch money on cards trading to catch ́em all. This situation seemed innocent and trivial, but on a second tought it’s amazing how the game could generate a whole economical system. It triggered demand, a black market, bans by school authorities, monopolization and scarcity. Pokemon was a hit in the childhood of the 90’s generation and now, almost 20 years later, it ́s doing it again. But this time, the impact seems to be bigger and with deeper consequences.

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Pigeon Air Patrol monitors air quality
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Pigeons Are Monitoring Air Quality

Our peculiar image of the week shows a Pigeon Air Patrol that monitors air quality. In March ten pigeons have been released in London, each of them equipped with a tiny backpack. The backpack integrates lightweight pollution sensors by Plume Labs able to measure nitrogen dioxide and ozone concentrations. The analysis of the air quality was then sent back in real-time. Pigeon Air Patrol was the winner of the Twitter campaign #PoweredByTweets, that challenged innovators to think about the potential of objects that are, you guessed it, powered by Tweets.

Via New Scientist

The bus from the future is here and it is called Future Bus
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The First Self-Driving City Coach

The bus of the future is here and it is called, indeed, Future Bus. Mercedes-Benz just revealed the first self-driving city coach and took it to the streets of Amsterdam for a test drive. The company envisioned the next step for public transportation in the form of semi-autonomous bus technology. With its advanced driving system CityPilot, the Future Bus is designed to navigate urban environments.

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Ground Level Traffic Lights For Smartphone Zombies
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Traffic Lights for Smartphone Zombies

Beware of Smombies! Don’t you know who they are? “Smombies” has been voted Word of 2015 in Germany to describe the zombie-like behavior of smartphone users causing traffic accidents. Augsburg, a city near Munich, is experimenting with embedding traffic lights into the pavement, warning pedestrians who are busy looking at their screens while walking.

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