Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?
What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed by geographically dispersed communities of scientists, designers and enthusiasts in a collaborative manner via the web. All knowled...
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New Google Earth Timelapse Feature Offers Devastating View of Climate Emergency

New Google Earth Timelapse Feature Offers Devastating View of Climate Emergency
"We want this to be very visceral and real for people, and a ray of hope that there's actually a lot we can do." Google Earth's new Timelapse feature, released Thursday, provides a bird's eye view of nearly four decades of environmental transformation, allowing viewers to see how the climate emergency, a planetary crisis driven by fossil fuel-powered capitalism, has unfolded since 1984. Rebecca Moore, a director of Google Earth, wrote Thursday in...
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Mangroves from space: 30 years of satellite images are helping us understand how climate change threatens these valuable forests

Mangroves from space: 30 years of satellite images are helping us understand how climate change threatens these valuable forests
Australia is home to around 2% of the world's mangrove forests and is the fifth most mangrove-forested country on Earth. Mangroves play a crucial role in the ecosystem thanks to the dizzying array of plants, animals and birds they feed, house and protect. Mangrove forests help protect coastal communities from cyclones and storms by absorbing the brunt of a storm's energy. They help our fight against climate change by storing vast amounts of carbo...
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How technology can help to achieve at least 30% ocean protection

How technology can help to achieve at least 30% ocean protection
A growing number of countries are pledging to protect and conserve at least 30% of the ocean by 2030.Securing such a vast area requires new cutting-edge technology to monitor illegal activities and movements of species.Luckily, this field has been developing fast with new inventions and tech collaborations, writes the Wildlife Conservation Society's Dr. Simon Cripps. It is a dark, stormy night in the South Atlantic. Coastal radar picks up a boat ...
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These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence
Mass unemployment will occur because of robotics and AI.Hospitality, management and creativity cannot be substituted by AI.We need to acquire and refine more sophisticated abilities in these areas. The COVID-19 crisis is going to accelerate a number of changes and transformations in human society. Notably, the pandemic is expected to significantly accelerate the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  This is because the coronavirus crisis forced peo...
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To stop a tech apocalypse we need ethics and the arts

Artificial Intelligence
If recent television shows are anything to go by, we're a little concerned about the consequences of technological development. Dystopian narratives abound. Black Mirror projects the negative consequences of social media, while artificial intelligence turns rogue in The 100 and Better Than Us. The potential extinction of the human race is up for grabs in Travellers, and Altered Carbon frets over the separation of human consciousness from the body...
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How the internet of things is building smarter cities

New York
Urban populations are rising around the world, but cities are struggling to keep up. As the silent force that has revolutionized our world, technology is now being leveraged to manage rapid urbanization and to create smarter cities. Today's infographic from Raconteur explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a vital component in the creation of more efficient, sustainable, and resilient cities, and illustrates the growing impact this w...
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India is using hundreds of drones to map the country in incredible detail

Drone
How do you map one of the largest countries in the world? One drone at a time, perhaps. That's exactly what the Indian government is doing, with the Survey of India (SoI) using a fleet of drones to map the country in incredible detail. One of the first areas being surveyed is the Ganges river basin, which is being mapped with an accuracy of 10 cm, according to Professor Ashutosh Sharma of India's Department of Science & Technology. "The basis...
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Drones help track wildfires, count wildlife and map plants

Drone
Drones are revolutionizing the way scientists observe, measure and monitor the natural environment. From mapping the patterns of wildfires, like those in California, to measuring the size of jellyfish populations, drones have the potential to improve our understanding of the natural environment. Although we use different names to refer to drones — for example, remotely piloted aircraft systems or unmanned aerial systems/vehicles — there is strong...
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