Articles about Technology & Design
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Windows 10 Might Be Free, but Your Privacy Is Priceless
Beware of geeks bearing gifts
Building For Belonging: Why City Planning Must Focus on Ending Social Isolation
Previous generations of architects thought of how architecture could interpret the world, but I think now is the time to think of how architecture can change the world. We...
Hacking Planned Obsolescence Through the Art of Repairing Not Replacing
At the Repair and Service Center in Vienna, the long-term unemployed retrain to be "mechatronic engineers" and repair electronic devices. Founder Sepp Eisenriegler tirelessly...
The Green Energy Revolution Is Exciting - but Don't Forget the Pollution!
Boading, dubbed China's 'greenest city', is the world's biggest maker of solar panels and wind turbines, write Caleb Goods & Carla Lipsig-Mumme. But it's also has the country's...
Earthships  -  The Ultimate Green Homes
Earthship is a concept of over 40 years and yet the first one ever built in Europe was in 2000. The idea is a trademark of Michael Reynolds — a US architect. In the 70s...
The Battle to Control the 3D Printing Revolution: DIY or CIA?
Scientific and technological innovations have the power to fundamentally transform human civilization as new possibilities previously deemed impossible are made realities...
North Korea/Sony Story Shows How Eagerly U.S. Media Still Regurgitate Government Claims
The identity of the Sony hackers is still unknown. President Obama, in a December 19 press conference, announced: “We can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.”...
How the U.S. Can Sustainably Become the World's Top Economy Again
China has overtaken the U.S. as the world’s top economy. But in taking a few examples from China, as well as investing in jobs that stay in America and taking steps to insure...
'Boys Send Me Rape Threats, So I Tell Their Moms': Meet the Woman Fighting Online Harassment
Rape threats are an all-too-common reality for women online. Just as often, the anonymity of the Internet makes it nearly impossible to strike back at trolls. What’s more, as...
There’s Power in How We Think about Things
When you walk or drive down a city street, what you are seeing all around you are manifestations of thoughts. Every building began as an idea in somebody’s mind. Somebody...
You’ve Heard of Ello, but Have You Heard of Diaspora*?
You’ve heard of Ello, but have you heard of Diaspora*? There’s been a hell of a hullaballoo this last week about the newly public social media platform, Ello. If you’re not...
The Guy Who Gave Us "I Heart NY" Has a Depressing New Logo for Our Dying planet
Milton Glaser is famous for uniting New Yorkers under the simple, iconic “I Heart New York” logo. (He also designed the label for Brooklyn Brewery and, as I learned on a...
Singapore Takes the Lead In Green Building in Asia
By encouraging the adoption of energy-saving technologies and innovative architectural design, Singapore has emerged as a model of green building in Asia — an important...
Blockchain Revolution: Open Source Democracy for the 99%
"The revolution in this era may not need pitchforks, as the ‘peasants’ can just stop paying for the plutocracy." “The Pitchforks Are Coming ... For Us Plutocrats”! This is how...
Tesla To Open Source ALL Of Its Patents, Won't Sue Anyone For Using Its Technology
At a time when most high-tech companies are hoarding patents and suing each other, creating a complex web of cold war-style mutually-assured destruction, Tesla is going against...
21 Technologies That Will Decentralize the World
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals.  "We are seeing technology-driven...
Speculations on a probable future destruction of the internet
 ...Internet after all is not without enemies…      The Internet has become the Archimedean point in our daily life. Almost nothing gets done without it nowadays. The more we...
Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords
Privacy Tools: How to Build Better Passwords by Julia Angwin ProPublica, Jan. 21, 2014, 10:19 a.m. (©iStock.com/Brilt) In the course of writing my book, Dragnet Nation, I...
10 Reasons Why EarthShips Are F!#%ing Awesome
Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come...
If There Was One Problem I Wish America Had, It Would Be This
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma.                              ...
Thinking Outside The Box - Conformity to Abstraction and Beyond
Outside of the Science Community we often think of science as a close confirmation of reality. And while science is reliable and not to be ignored, more often than not it...
Is Scott Noble’s Film, “Human Resources,” a Masterpiece?
Seeing gurneys of babies trundled through the chiaroscuro of old black-and-white footage at the start of Scott Noble’s Human Resources, the gurneys in the tunnels of God only...
Ecocities: Connecting Peace on Earth with Peace with Earth
This might seem a stretch but when John Muir said everything in the universe is connected to everything else he was serious. He was speaking of the ecology of natural systems...
University Uses Tesla Technology to Wirelessly Charge Electric Bus
Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15. Image source: Utah State...
The Cradle-to-Cradle Solution
Imagine a world in which all the things we make, use, and consume provide nutrition for nature and industry—a world in which growth is good and human activity generates a...
The Human Future Depends On All of Us Becoming Designers
We have a way of life that works wonderfully well for products, but not so well for people.
Wary of Web Page Censorship, Reddit Users Aim To Build A New Internet
Users of the social news and community site Reddit don’t like the way the government seems to be muscling in on the Internet. So they plan to build a new one. Redditors have...
The Anarchist Urban Ecosystem: A Rethinking of the Urban Environment
This series will attempt to roughly give some examples as to how the urban environment can be altered so that cities can not only sustain themselves but also become...
Bucky Fuller & his World Game: Intro to Saving Planets
I think now is a good time to be talking about Bucky’s vision of a World Game.  We have the technology to do this and a new administration could easily provide the funding. ...
Anonymous Anarchist Action hacktivist group founded
A(A)A. Anon Anarchist Action In the last few years, Anonymous has gained increasing notoriety for its action against websites, agencies and organizations that promote...
Revealed: Air Force ordered software to manage army of fake virtual people
These days, with Facebook and Twitter and social media galore, it can be increasingly hard to tell who your "friends" are. But after this, Internet users would be well advised...
Films For Action Launches New Website, a "Learning Library for People Who Want to Change the World"
Lawrence, KS -- After 12 months in development, Films For Action has launched its new website - a head-to-toe redesign that lays the foundation for a vibrant community-powered...
Farmer-Scientist Group Wants to ‘Hack Society’ through Open-Source Technology
One of the most frequent criticisms leveled against the sustainable agriculture movement is that its proponents want to send farmers back to 19th-century hard labor, with hand...
The Mystery of Science
John Todd's work is something of a mystery, even to himself. He and his colleagues build mini-ecosystems that turn sewage into irrigation water, restore dying lakes and...
The Next Net
The moment the "net neutrality" debate began was the moment the net neutrality debate was lost. For once the fate of a network -  its fairness, its rule set, its capacity for...
Obama Admin Takes Aim at China’s Renewable-Energy Subsidies
Last week, in a move that pits American labor against China's green-technology industry, the Obama administration filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over...
The New Website is Live!
Oo-de-lally!! After twelve months in development, the site has finally gone live! What started out as a simple plan a year ago to make a few minor visual tweaks and...
FCC Chair Proposes Garbage, Calls it Net Neutrality
President Obama's FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski, has a reputation in DC of being a "tepid" regulator. From reports of his net neutrality proposal, he's living up to that...