MCity, a 32-acre site recently opened by the University of Michigan, will be used to test driverless cars in partnership with auto industry big names
For Sebastian, life is destined to be lonely. The short pedestrian will, for now, be the sole resident of a small city located near the University of Michigan’s north campus. He’ll pass time by stepping into oncoming traffic – while others watch on, never warning of an impending crash.
Current approaches to the Internet of Things rely on centralized structures—which are creating concerns about power, dominance and control
The grand vision of the Internet of Things is currently an exercise in imagination. It is about what happens when more and more of the real, physical world comes online, as devices and sensors proliferate, connecting everything.
Entrance fees in Britain's museums would create a supplement to public funding and would make visitors value these institutions and their art more than they do now
It may be time for museums in Britain to begin charging for entry. I do not say this lightly. The British – and it is distinctively British, with few equivalents elsewhere – belief that all museums should be free is a remarkable piece of idealism. It means that any of us can walk into our local gallery whenever we like and look at a Turner or even a Leonardo for nothing.
Predictions for 16 trends that will change the business of video games over the next five years
Hundreds of game developers, publishers and analysts recently descended on Brighton for the annual Develop conference. There were controversial keynotes, there were talks about how to make money in a rapidly fragmenting marketplace, but there were also some interesting forward-looking sessions, concerned with where the games industry as a whole is heading – not so much in terms of game design (that’s the domain of events like the Game Developers Conference and SXSW), more in the way the sector will operate as a business. Some of it is pretty weird.
Despite some reports calling the Apple Watch a flop, other trend and technology experts say the wearable represents new step for the evolution of the digital watch
Three months after launching its first smartwatch, Apple has reported record revenues and vast iPhone sales – but no numbers on its new wearable. That has got commentators asking whether the Apple Watch is a flop.
A drone made by Australian manufacturer Flirtey and approved by the Federal Aviation Authority successfully delivered medicine in Virginia
The first US government-approved drone delivery has successfully transported 4.5kg of medical supplies to a rural health clinic.
Some small businesses are opting for a policy of salary transparency in order to create a workplace culture of fairness and feedback
We humans are pretty open to sharing personal information: articles we just read, photos of our dinners, products we love or hate. Yet when it comes to our salaries, most people are too squeamish to divulge the number – even to a family member.
As farmland becomes increasingly rare, companies are using LED lighting innovations to turn empty office buildings into farming operations
By 2050, some 70% of the world’s population will live in cities. At the same time the amount of land suitable and available for growing food will be less. An estimated 109 hectares of new land (about 20% more land than is represented by the country of Brazil) will be needed to grow enough food to feed the growing population, if traditional farming practices continue as they are practiced today. As a result, we need to grow more food and we will need to manage it in a better way.
Writer and urbanist Leo Hollis considers changing policies around protected views, which seek to preserve a city's history and skyline amid increasing urban development
Oxford is under threat. In recent months, the council has been responding to widespread concerns that the city of “dreaming spires” was about to be swamped by a rash of tall new buildings. As a result, alongside English Heritage and other agencies, the council has devised policies that create a series of protected views, triangular sections that cut across the map in order to preserve the vertical skyline of the city.
To keep up with an increasingly digitized world, some companies are embracing a new idea of the workplace—one that prioritizes location, technology, and collaboration
In his last public speech, the late Steve Jobs outlined his plans for the next Apple Campus, declaring: “We have a shot at building the best office in the world.” Four years on and construction is underway on a giant O-shaped silver building in Cupertino, California, dubbed “The Spaceship.”
In Europe and the United States, some DJs are opening bars, restaurants, and other sit-down establishments as a side operation to their jobs on the dance floor
While clubs and restaurants each serve their own vital purpose, the two might not seem like obvious bedfellows. But away from, and sometimes just off the dance floor, a surprising number of clubbing’s most enduring characters and institutions have also successfully dabbled in the culinary, dining and drinking (while seated) scenes.
At an exhibition hosted by the Guardian on the future of education, experts focused on how technology is used in the classroom, rather than what technology is used
Today, of course, escalators, televisions and even robots seem ubiquitous. Technology permeates every part of modern life and is even going where the World of Tomorrow never imagined it would – into the classroom. Following in the footsteps of those 44 million, last month about 80 teachers and school leaders gathered at the Guardian offices in London for an exhibition and panel discussion about what the schools of the future might look like.