7 Experimental Utopias, from Le Corbusier’s Radiant City to a Ghost Town in China - Artsy. Michio Kaku Talks About Coming Breakthroughs. An Artist Visualizes The Terrifying, Dystopian Metropolises Of Tomorrow. Hollow Pursuits. Image: Michael Kerbow This article originally appeared on our sister-site, Motherboard, by frequent The Creators Project contributor, DJ Pangburn. We love Motherboard, and DJ loves Hieronymus Bosch (see below). If you've never visualized dystopia, just look around. Visit a mega farm in California, a body of water near an industrial plant, or simply walk around Manhattan and let the rapidly evolving island for the rich, jet-setting class seep into your consciousness. If that doesn't do the trick, San Francisco-based artist Michael Kerbow is here to take you on a tour of today's dystopian milieu, and then extrapolate it all into a techno-induced future.
Take Kerbow's Portents series. It's the sort of work that science fiction fans dig, that would keep Al Gore up at night (for good reason), and forces skeptics into paroxysms of climate change denial. Their Refinement of the Decline. In Gyre, a nod perhaps to the Pacific Trash Vortex, cars spin in a gigantic whirlpool. Related: 16 | Postcards From The Future Show What London Will Look Like After Climate Change. What will the world's biggest cities look like as climate change progresses? In a series called Postcards from the Future, U.K. artists Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones imagined future scenes from London, transforming familiar city views according to different scientific projections. "We were hearing a lot about the potential impacts of climate change, but everything we were hearing about was just words, or very two-dimensional graphics in magazines," says Madoc-Jones.
"The only imagery we were getting was pictures or reports from places like Bangladesh…the trouble is that when you live in London, when you hear reports of people suffering in other parts of the world, you can easily forget about those things and put them to one side. " In one scene, rising sea levels have turned London into a Venice-like city that has to be navigated by boat.
In another, Buckingham Palace is surrounded by sprawling slum housing climate refugees from other countries. 7 | If This Is What Spaceships Will Look Like In 100 Years, You're Going To Want To Get In Line Now. Within 100 years, humans may venture beyond the solar system. What would it take to make it possible to actually live there? Icarus Interstellar, a project run by a global team of scientists, wants to achieve interstellar flight by 2100--and one of the questions they’re trying to answer is how to create an artificial environment that could support people indefinitely.
Scientists and architects are designing an ecology from scratch. “Rather than treat the interior of the starship like it was the pot for a plant, and just hack out a piece of earth and stick it inside a tin can, the proposal is to design from the bottom up an ecology that sustains itself within a particular space,” says Rachel Armstrong, lead researcher on Project Persephone, the part of the Icarus work that considers how to create an environment.
Trying to just reproduce Earth doesn’t work, as another project already proved. “It proved that we don’t know how to build ecology on a life-bearing planet,” says Armstrong. 10 Jobs That You Could Have In 2030. All of the predictions we've seen lately regarding the "jobs of the future" assume that we'll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But in the medium-term future, there will still be jobs for the taking (including jobs overseeing robots). The Canadian Scholarship Trust teamed up with futurists to imagine a job fair in 2030, with predictions based on the environmental, social, technological, and social trends happening now. Here are some of the jobs they came up with.
Aquaponic Fish Farmer With populations of wild fish dwindling, aquaponics--a combination of fish farming and gardening--is probably the best chance for a future where humans can still eat seafood, especially in remote locations. Garbage Designer Health Care Navigator As CST imagines it, hired health care navigators responsible for helping patients and their families navigate complex medical systems may become prevalent in the future. Neighborhood Watch Officer Nostalgist Rewilder Robot Counselor. What Will The Economy Look Like When The Robots Take Your Job? In the past 50 years, the number of people working in manufacturing, government, and agriculture jobs have all gone down or flat-lined. As technology infiltrates parts of the labor market that it could never reach before, employment of people who do repetitive or task-oriented jobs has seen less need for human oversight or action. And your job could very likely be next. “In the next 50 to 100 years, I don’t think we have a job market in the way we’re used to thinking about it,” Andrew McAffee says.
McAffee is the associate director of the Center for Digital Business at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His job is to research the complex relationship between business and technology, and he’s written books like Race Against The Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy. But if stuff is being produced without having a human being paid to produce it, would prices plummet? Want Money Out Of Politics? Put Some Money Into Politics With Lawrence Lessig's Super PAC. Harvard professor Larry Lessig’s business pitch seems backwards, at first. It goes something like this: Invest in his super PAC, and get money out of politics. Donate enough money to render all the other money in politics meaningless. So what’s the return on an investment, that, by definition, wants to ruin big, private financial investments in politics?
“A return to something like a representative democracy,” is how Lessig puts it. That business pitch is now a $1 million idea. After launching a formal super PAC on May 1, thousands of small dollar donations flooded MayDay PAC’s servers, crashing them temporarily. It didn’t matter. Armed with those dollars, Lessig’s MayDay PAC will try to influence five midterm races, and, in doing so, try and test a last-ditch, clinical intervention for democracy.
A week after the $1 million mark, I asked Lessig how he felt. If all goes according to plan, those leaps will culminate in a “super PAC to end all super PACs.” It’s no small ambition. 10 Imaginative Ideas From Genius Kids To Solve Our Global Waste Problem. What if, instead of paying millions of dollars to export trash from cities to festering dumps in other parts of the country, we could export our garbage bags to virtual realities instead? And what if, instead of buying a new smartphone every few years before chucking it, we held onto indestructible ones for the duration of our lives? These are just a couple of ideas generated by some 270 schoolchildren over the last three years. Massachusetts-based creative research firm and marketing company Latitude teamed up with schools in France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and the United States to ask the kids how they might deal with one of today's most intractable issues: waste.
Their answers, as one might expect, waver between brilliance and silliness. And for a generation in which some are raised on iPads before they learn how to use a toilet, many of the solutions are technology-oriented. Check out 10 of our favorites in the slide show above. [Images: Courtesy of Latitudeº / latd.com] Google's Self-Driving Car Is Real, And It Looks Like A Tiny Bubble-Car. We've known Google has been working on self-driving cars for awhile now, but all of a sudden, the project is real: last night, Google revealed a working prototype of its self-driving car.
It's a two-seater that looks something like a mashup of a Fiat 500, Steve Urkel's car, and a cartoon smiley face. This isn't a production model; Google is making perhaps 100 of these little buggers mostly as an experiment. They have no steering wheel, no gas or brake pedals, and only two seats. They're powered by an electric engine and are artificially limited to a top speed of 25 mph (good news for the testers). The cars are resolutely simple.
Says Chris Urmson, the director of the project, in a Google blog post: "On the inside, we’ve designed for learning, not luxury, so we’re light on creature comforts, but we’ll have two seats (with seatbelts), a space for passengers’ belongings, buttons to start and stop, and a screen that shows the route--and that’s about it. " The Future Of America's Roads: Smart Streets, Cars That Communicate. When Anthony Foxx was sworn in as the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary last summer, he said he would draw on "every ounce of innovation and creativity" to make the country's vast transportation system not only safe and efficient but also modernized. Earlier this year, Foxx, one of our 2014 Most Creative People in Business, launched the Data Innovation Challenge, the DOT's most ambitious invitation to the tech community. He gave enterprising companies and developers access to the department's data--more 2,500 data sets on everything from highway conditions and financing to railroad accidents--and challenged them to "revolutionize America's transportation system" by creating new visualization tools and apps for consumers as well as officials.
The winners will be announced later this year. How do you prioritize where to focus your--and the department's--creativity? I get asked the question, "When your tenure as secretary is over, what do you want people to say? " Already? How so? Ideo Imagines 19 Concepts To Ease The Aging Process. In 1950, the average life expectancy for men and women in the U.S. was 65 and 71 respectively.
Now, men on average live to 76, and women can expect to live to 81. That’s a lot of extra time tacked on to the ends of people’s lives--and many senior citizens are still figuring out how best to spend those years without getting bogged down in the difficulties of aging. How can design help improve that process? That’s the question international design and ideas firm Ideo explores in Designs On: Aging, a collection of 19 concepts that would not just make aging easier, but would help keep people happy, active, and engaged in the world around them well into their twilight.
Established as an internal project within Ideo in 2008, Designs On is a limited-edition run of semi-annual printed collections of design concepts on themes as varied as food, birth, packaging, and global warming. Sexually Transmitted Infections in the Elderly Loneliness An Overwhelming Number of Pills Tiredness When Out and About. This Is What It's Like To Watch A Holographic Musician.
It’s not that easy to completely surprise concertgoers with a hologram anymore. Tupac's holographic performance back in 2012--that was out of nowhere. Last night I saw an otherworldly image of Janelle Monae beam down, Star Trek-style, to perform on stage beside the real-life M.I.A. --and all of us in the audience knew exactly where holographic Monae came from: a 25-by-13-foot pane of what looked like glass sloped across the stage.
At one point, M.I.A. joked that it was like performing behind a condom. Is this the future of music? The show was part of last night’s big, buzzy promotional launch for the Audi A3. Here’s my Vine from the evening: So, what’s it like watching a hologram in person? When it was hologram time, all the lights in the room changed; the stage had to be far darker than it previously was so the light from the hologram wouldn't get lost. A company called Obscura Digital, which has a knack for high-profile light shows, created the hologram. [Image: Flickr user DanBrady] 5 Insane Geoengineering Ideas That Won't Save The Planet--Just Make Things Worse. When it comes to hacking climate change, the solutions tend to match the scale of the problem.
Geo-engineers have proposed pumping tons of sulphur into the atmosphere (to deflect sunlight), fertilizing the ocean with millions of tons of lime (to improve its CO2 absorbing capacity), and planting trees across 2.5 billion acres of desert. Faced with planetary crisis, there's no space for thinking small. The question, however, is whether any these methods would actually work, and what side-effects there might be along the way. If the cure is worse than the disease, it might be better to focus on more conventional responses.
A new study from Germany runs the rule over five possible solutions. The result? Below, lead author David Keller, walks us through the five methods his team studied, and outlines what the possible consequences of each approach. Planting Lots Of Trees The technical term for planting lots of trees to combat climate change is "afforestation. " Artificial Upwelling. How Zombies Help Siemens Design Disaster-Proof Cities. Once there's no more room in hell and the dead start walking the Earth, whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. See movies such as Dawn of the Dead and World War Z. Panic ensues. The entire grid falls over. Hospitals close down. The government collapses. And pretty soon, what started with a couple of slowly shambling walkers becomes an irrepressible apocalypse of the flesh-hungry undead.
There are valuable lessons to be learned from the zombie apocalypse, though, says Siemens's Ben Collar. A fan of AMC's The Walking Dead, Collar thinks that a theoretical zombie apocalypse is a good lens through which to look at how many of the transit systems that we take for granted can be improved. In other words, kind of like a 10-year-old boy, Collar is planning his own personal zombie defense manual.
The first thing that would be important in a zombie outbreak is to get people notified. Obviously a zombie apocalypse isn't going to happen anytime soon. Profesiones que asegurarán un empleo en el futuro - Tendencias. La tecnología y el cambio climático determinarán las profesiones del futuro. Así lo asegura el Informe de Tendencias Laborales 2014 publicado de Sodexo que publica la lista de las 30 profesiones que serán indispensables en 2030. Según el Informe, las tendencias laborales del futuro estarán determinadas por conexiones entre dos o más áreas.
Por ejemplo, la mezcla entre la salud humana y el medio ambiente se traducirá en un campo emergente como la enfermería de salud ambiental, que implica el tratamiento de los pacientes expuestos a las toxinas y a las consecuencias del calentamiento global. El informe anota que si usted es un buen vendedor de una empresa en declive, se debe centrar en sus habilidades transferibles –persuasión y comunicación interpersonal- y combinarlas con sus intereses -el canto o la pintura- para crear una nueva ocupación en una industria en auge.
“Hoy muchos ciudadanos siembran un huerto o tienen una granja para obtener alimentos saludables frescos. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Government Service of the Future? Visions from Dubai. The United Arab Emirates have been one of the most aggressive nations on Earth in implementing tech-driven, customer-driven government services. So, when visions of tech-driven, customer-driven services are exhibited on its soils, one must pay close attention. This is a place where today’s fictions become tomorrow’s reality with almost magical efficiency. The Museum of Future Government Services launches this week at the UAE’s second-ever Government Summit.
The 6 exhibits being shown at the Museum are bold, and somewhat sobering, visions of how services ranging from border control to health care to education could be delivered in the future. Reflecting the UAE’s penchant for showmanship, these displays are full of flashy and splashy technologies that could certainly transform the nature of service itself and fundamentally change the relationship between citizens and their governments.
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