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The city of 2050

The city of 2050
Sensor networks Experts predict that everything, from street furniture to roads to the homes we live in, will be connected to the network. All these objects will produce vast amounts of data and some cities may build Nasa-style control centres to make predictions about city life, including where crimes may be committed. Smart buildings Buildings will have taken on a life of their own, controlling heating, lighting and security with little human intervention. Architects envisage buildings becoming far more sustainable, producing their own power and reusing rain water. Buildings may be able to store energy in huge batteries, while homes put excess electricity back into the smart grid. Robo-taxis It is likely cars will be self-driving. Traffic lights will no longer be necessary. Farmscrapers Forget the skyscrapers that dominate our city skylines. Shopping Going to the shops may be very different in 2050. 3D printing is likely to be available in many shops allowing people to create bespoke items.

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Tomorrow's cities: Rio de Janeiro's bid to become a smart city 8 September 2013Last updated at 21:09 ET By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter Rio: Latin America's first 'smart city'? Rio de Janeiro's famously chaotic favelas are as much a landmark of the city as the Christ statue or Sugarloaf Mountain but few would see them as the natural home to smart technologies. However, a remarkable project is under way that is already changing lives, and it is one of which the city government, keen to put Rio on the map as Latin America's first smart city, should take note. Morro dos Prazeres favela is one of the areas that has been mapped by teenagers

Shields up! Scientists work to produce 'Star Trek' deflector device The deflector shield is aimed at protecting spaceship occupants from harmful radiation given off by the Sun. NASA's Curiosity mission to Mars revealed that astronauts on a round-trip would face high radiation levelsScientists at the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory are working on a radiation shield for astronautsA model has been tested inside a fusion reactor which produces a plasma like that of the solar windThe team are hoping to test their concept in space in the next five years London (CNN) -- You've answered the call for volunteers, signed up for the Mars trip and you are looking forward to boldly going to space, the final frontier, to explore a strange new world. But wait. Recent evidence from NASA's Curiosity rover mission to the Red Planet has revealed that astronauts on the round-trip would be exposed to high levels of radiation from cosmic rays and high-energy particles from the sun contained in solar storms. Radiation 'potential showstopper'

What Would Real Democracy Look Like? Rather than aiming for yet another change of politicians and parties in power, why not aim for a change of the political system itself? As representative democracy sinks into crisis, we need to go back to democracy in its original meaning as rule of the people. It is time to imagine what real democracy would look like and to create institutions and mechanisms that could be the building blocks of genuinely democratic societies.

Is 25 the new cut-off point for adulthood? 23 September 2013Last updated at 05:52 ET By Lucy Wallis BBC News New guidance for psychologists will acknowledge that adolescence now effectively runs up until the age of 25 for the purposes of treating young people. So is this the new cut-off point for adulthood? "The idea that suddenly at 18 you're an adult just doesn't quite ring true," says child psychologist Laverne Antrobus, who works at London's Tavistock Clinic. "My experience of young people is that they still need quite a considerable amount of support and help beyond that age."

The 'Endless City' Project The 'Endless City' project would see a giant 300m skyscraper built in London with its own complete ecosystemBuilding would consist of intertwining ramps leading through business, shopping, entertainment and residential areasIncludes plans for 'huge' parks and technology aimed at reducing environmental impact and increasing sustainability By Julian Robinson for MailOnline Published: 10:09 GMT, 27 August 2014 | Updated: 13:16 GMT, 27 August 2014 These are the ambitious plans which suggest skyscrapers of the future may one day house an entire city.

Tomorrow's cities: Just how smart is Songdo? As cities around the world look to technology to make themselves "smarter" many are watching Songdo. Built with smart technologies very much a part of its DNA, it sits adjacent to Seoul, already regarded as one of the hi-tech capitals of the world. So has the experimental city, dubbed by some as a "city-in-a-box" because of its reliance on technology, been a success? Building a city from scratch offers challenges as well as opportunities. In South Korea, part of that challenge is to deliver a markedly smarter city than Koreans are used to. Seoul's underground railway already offers high-speed wi-fi; it is easy to send emails or watch videos while walking along the high street; there are electronic panels at the exits of railway stations, revealing the waiting times for connecting buses; and companies like Samsung are already working on linking household devices to your mobile phone.

Body-Double: Lifelike Android Demoed at Futuristic Conference NEW YORK — An extremely humanlike robot made a public appearance today (June 15) here at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress, a futuristic conference focused on the technological singularity. Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory at Osaka University, Japan, described some of his efforts to develop lifelike androids. But there were two Hiroshi Ishiguros onstage: the living, breathing one and a robotic lookalike. The bot’s human resemblance was striking, even down to its tiny movements and blinking eyes.

50 Ideas for the New City The Omnibus is all about ideas. From the beginning, Urban Omnibus has been a showcase of good ideas for the future of cities, conceived in the public interest and tried and tested in the five boroughs of New York. So, we have decided to surface some of the ideas that have appeared on Urban Omnibus over the past two years and broadcast them around the city. The light fantastic: Harnessing Nature's glow 23 January 2013Last updated at 19:39 ET By Paul Rincon Science editor, BBC News website Living organisms may use bioluminescence for a variety of reasons, such as communication and display Bioluminescence describes the light that some living creatures such as fireflies and jellyfish emit from their cells. Harnessing these reactions has already transformed key areas of clinical diagnosis and medical research. But scientists are now looking at whether this "living light" could help enhance food crops, detect pollution or even illuminate our journeys home.

The Future is Green: 12 Visionary Architecture Concepts With looks straight out of a sci-fi movie, these 12 tall towers and super-complexes hint at the architecture of a greener future where solar-powered skyscrapers hold urban theme parks and self-sufficient mini-cities running on algae soar among the clouds. While some of these will forever remain curious concepts, others are actually slated for construction – and you’ll never guess which is which based on the incredible illustrations. Tianjin Eco City (images via: inhabitat)