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Clever masters

Films like Terminator or I, Robot have explored the possibility that technology created by humans might one day turn against us. Now, with its Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence Ethics, Cambridge University aims to teach professionals – engineers, politicians, HR employees – how to use AI for good. By creating an awareness of the risks and challenges the technology...

Going out on a limb

The world, it seems, is not everyone’s oyster. In response to the challenges people with disabilities face in their everyday environment, the University of Tennessee has developed an interactive ‘Global Disability Rights Map’. The map shows how different countries are tackling the issue of inclusion by highlighting policies and laws in place at the local and national level. The...

Reach for the sky

Strawberries from Morocco, salad from Spain – anything that can’t be bought locally in season can be shipped globally. For some years now vertical farming has been in the ascendant. It’s clean, efficient and, above all, can be done locally. Indeed, an ag-tech start-up based in California is convinced that it could produce even greater yields than traditional farming...

Green wing

Green living – it’s an attractive proposition for many. All the more so if it helps to reduce CO2 emissions. A sustainably run hotel on a small Danish island is making its mark by building a special climate-positive extension. Built entirely from wood, its interior will include upcycled furnishings from scrap building material. Its energy footprint, meanwhile, will be...

Warmed over

As it grows colder and darker things can quickly become uncomfortable, particularly in older houses. Crumbling plaster means saying ‘goodbye’ to cozy. To date producing materials for renovation and renovation work itself has proved costly and too often harmful for the environment. Now a research team from Bavaria has developed a recyclable insulating material that is not only oil-free,...

Out of the box

Painting the town red on a Saturday night? Going dancing during lockdown? Online DJ streams bring the beats into your living room, and DJ themselves are finding new ways of personalizing their sets. Playlists develop organically with input from participants, creating a more diverse, collaborative experience. And not just that. People previously unable to be physically present (because of,...

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