According to surveys, nearly a fifth of voters were undecided prior to the 2016 presidential election, more than twice the amount 4 years before. As the workings of our democracy are slowly being changed by “alternative facts” and “fake news” accusations, trust is eroding in our nation’s institutions. Populism and nationalism are on the rise, consider Brexit and Donald Trump’s election. But our societies are … Continue reading How tech is changing democracy
The headline of a German newspaper last week read, “Earth to Trump: F**k you.” The paper is, of course, referring to Trump’s decision to unilaterally exit the Paris climate agreement, considered a milestone in global cooperation in combating global warming and pollution, and join the ranks of countries like Syria and Nicaragua, who are not part of the agreement. The move has become extremely controversial, … Continue reading All hope for the environment is not lost after Paris
Paris. A romantic city of grand boulevards, of tree-lined plazas filled with cafés and bistros. A city of beauty, a city of love, a city of light. The grand 19th century buildings shining with glamour, gorgeous cathedrals gazing down on you. But aside from this, there is another Paris. A poorer one, more everyday. There are highways, jammed with pollution-spewing cars. One that is not … Continue reading Can Paris succeed in reuniting itself?
All of a sudden, someone calls 9-1-1 with a medical emergency. The nearest ambulance dispatcher is notified automatically, and within seconds, an ambulance is on the road. Due to the new smart traffic lights, the light turns green when the ambulance gets to the intersection, making the journey faster and safer, potentially saving lives. Just 2 minutes after the 9-1-1 call first came in, paramedics … Continue reading Smart vs Smarter: How tech is changing the way our cities work
Welcome to Xiongan, a bustling global metropolis, three times the size of New York. A powerful and influencial city worldwide, the center is located about 100 miles from Beijing, the historic capital of China. Oh, wait. Hardly anyone lives there yet. This place is all but a fantasy, at least now. Home to a few rural villages and farms, China’s government plans to build a … Continue reading Ghost cities: Why China is building a metropolis in the middle of nowhere
A Dutch teen has an ambitious plan to rid the oceans of garbage.. Continue reading Cleaning up the ocean…
What if…. Pain. It hurts. You see the word, and you already know something unpleasant in the best case, or terribly agonizing, in the worst case, is going to happen. The notion that we should be grateful for pain is unusual, as so many lives are ruined by pain. But if there was no pain, we would be a whole lot worse off. The … Continue reading If we couldn’t feel pain…
A new conpany of Elon Musk’s, Hyperloop One, wants to build a system of vacum tubes with train-like capsules traveling in them near the speed of sound around the country. The trains could go, on average, 700 mph, while airplanes generally travel at about 500 mph. That is quite a feat, a new method of transportation faster than the plane. Travel times between major US cities … Continue reading Could America have the model transportation network of the future?