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Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050

Smart cities: what urban life will be like in 2050 | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

If you work for a young web company, you probably think your office is pretty cool. Maybe it has a pool table or even a roof terrace. Pah! Give it 37 years and, according to engineering company Arup, our office blocks will contain working farms, produce their own energy, be linked together by suspended green walkways and sections of each floor will be removable, upgradable and replaceable. Intersting article on Smart Cities that looks into some of the key innovations by Shell and IBM. 


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Urbane Man… the creative class at work

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Indeed, the floors of Arup’s building occupied by algae-filled biofuel pods are not unlike a current project by French biochemist Pierre Calleja. He is building algae street lamps that eat up CO2 in the atmosphere. Combine this with another algae lamp that produces its own light using energy created by photosynthesis and you get self-powered, anti-pollution street lamps.

 

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) just announced their creation of a graphene supercapacitor — essentially a battery but one that charges up to 1,000 times faster than the normal kind, and that can be composted. The future promises instant phone chargers and petrol stations with plugs that can charge cars faster than they currently fill up on unleaded.

 

At last week’s TED conference in LA an architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbets showed off 4D printing — essentially objects that self-assemble by absorbing water. For Tibbets this material is best used for installing underground water pipes.

 

Robinson is loath to point out the world’s smartest city (he mentions Birmingham as a candidate) but Newton says new cities in emerging markets have the potential to “leapfrog other parts of the world.” 

The real smart aspect may come down not to the technology which we know exists but to foresight and willingness to change.

“There have to be new models of collaboration for businesses and decision-makers in cities and government to have the positive impact we know the technology could support,” says Newton. The city that leads in this department may just end up the smartest in the class.

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AoSL Releases Research Report Linking Arts-Based Learning to STEM Innovation

AoSL Releases Research Report Linking Arts-Based Learning to STEM Innovation | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
The Art of Science Learning (AoSL), led by Director Harvey Seifter, recently released the fruition of four years of research and analysis. "The Impact of Arts-Based Innovation Training on the Creative Thinking Skills, Collaborative Behaviors and Innovation Outcomes of Adolescents and Adults" is the first study of its kind.
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…like we didn't know - more evidence to support STEAM
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Iceland crowdsources its next constitution

Iceland crowdsources its next constitution | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it

Public sphere meets collective intelligence. -- Howard

 

"It is not the way the scribes of yore would have done it but Iceland is tearing up the rulebook by drawing up its new constitution through crowdsourcing.

As the country recovers from the financial crisis that saw the collapse of its banks and government, it is using social media to get its citizens to share their ideas as to what the new document should contain.

"I believe this is the first time a constitution is being drafted basically on the internet," said Thorvaldur Gylfason, member of Iceland's constitutional council."


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The Good Country

The Good Country | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index is pretty simple: a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity
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How blockchain technology will remake the global financial system

How blockchain technology will remake the global financial system | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
As the technology behind bitcoin develops, we'll get a system that essentially automates trust and verification.
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Alex Tapscott talks Blockchain Technology

Alex Tapscott talks Blockchain Technology | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Co-author of the new book Blockchain Revolution, Alex Tapscott joins the podcast this week to talk Blockchain Technology and what it means for business and society
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What It’s like to Fly a Solar Plane With a Coffin-Sized Cockpit

What It’s like to Fly a Solar Plane With a Coffin-Sized Cockpit | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg show off the massive solar panel-covered wings of the Solar Impulse 2 plane and inside its cramped cockpit.
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…the goal is not to reach the destination as fast as possible the goal is to stay in the air as long as we want…
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New Bionics Let Us Run, Climb and Dance | Hugh Herr | TED Talks

Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing acciden
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Google rolling out Material Design web-wide

Google rolling out Material Design web-wide | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Since 2014, Google has been redesigning its apps and services according to its own Material Design principles. Yesterday it announced on its design blog that an
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The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens

The Secret Lives of Tumblr Teens | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
How Tumblr's most popular teen comedy geniuses struck it rich—then lost it all.
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Teenage kicks…
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'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive...
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The x, y, and z axes come to the rescue again…

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People's racist Facebook comments are ending up on billboards near their homes

People's racist Facebook comments are ending up on billboards near their homes | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
A new campaign in Brazil is plastering billboards with racist Facebook comments. The point is to educate people that their words have a real impact.
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Is this how Twitter can move forward...

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The Tail End - Wait But Why

The Tail End - Wait But Why | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
No matter what your age, you may, without realizing it, be enjoying the very last chapter of the relationships that matter most to you. Make it count.
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Eclectic History Data realisation - making one's mark before it's too late

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The magic of drawing…

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A guide to men’s hair. By W.K. Haselden, published in the Daily Mirror, January 1909.

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Timeless - the Trump comb over not considered worthy enough to deserve classification

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Open Source Politics/Open Source Design

Open Source Politics/Open Source Design | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
A review of the identity for the radical new Danish political party, Alternativet.
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There is an alternative
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Brexit, or What Happens When You Don’t Have Big Ideas — Medium

Brexit, or What Happens When You Don’t Have Big Ideas — Medium | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
We’ve been told that the big idea is dead. But before we consign it to the scrap heap of advertising history, the EU referendum offers a…
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MIRO

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Schmalfette: Tall, dark and handsome

Schmalfette: Tall, dark and handsome | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
I know a lot has been written about this… Twen's Art Director, Willy Fleckhaus 1925 - 1987 The ground-breaking 1960s German magazine Twen, including on this blog. But then again, you can never get enough of a good thing
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Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free

Inside OpenAI, Elon Musk’s Wild Plan to Set Artificial Intelligence Free | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
one day that crowd won’t be entirely human.
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"one day that crowd won’t be entirely human."
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12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future

12 Critical Competencies For Leadership in the Future | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
The rate of change in the business world today is greater than our ability to respond. In a world that is often describe…

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A good infographic for dealing with disruption
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Within the business world, the term VUCA is becoming very popular to describe the kind of world in which we live  This graphic and article does a great job is summing up some of the main issues concerning how to lead in this environment.

 

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These Crazy Robots Are 3D Printers That Build Together

These Crazy Robots Are 3D Printers That Build Together | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
3D printers are getting way faster and more intricate. Now, Siemens has created a swarm of spider-like robots that can collaborate with each other to build large and intricate structures.
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Journal of Design and Science

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PubPub is a platform for totally transparent publishing. Read, Write, Publish, Review.
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World Population History

World Population History | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Our population is expected to grow to over 9 billion by 2050, yet the ability of our environment to provide space, food, and energy are limited. Explore population growth from 1 CE to 2050, see how our numbers impact the environment, and learn about the key advances and events allowing our numbers to grow.
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Visual communication design: an interesting interactive information graphic design experience!

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The Reason Twitter’s Losing Active Users

The Reason Twitter’s Losing Active Users | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Abuse. And it’s not only a problem for Twitter.
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Abuse: The scourge of the internet.

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Mind-wandering: the rise of a new anti-mindfulness movement

Mind-wandering: the rise of a new anti-mindfulness movement | Universal curiosity, appreciation and imagination. | Scoop.it
Can everyday distraction be a tool for productivity?
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Both / And vs. Either / Or… there's a time and a place for both - it's the quality of each that counts.

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