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Empty spaces: Cracking open our campuses for innovation

In 1804, the world’s population stood at one billion. Just over 200 years later, that number had multiplied sevenfold. One billion: a number that, at the turn of the 19th century, had taken all of human history to accrue, is now tipping over in a matter of 12 years. From six billion in 1999, we have quickly reached the seven billion mark in 2011. Humans, we have a problem.

Humanity 2.0 in the AI revolution

No one is better at being human than humans. But robots beg to differ…ask Harish Natarajan, the world record holder for debate competition victories. In February this year, Harish faced the most unique and unpredictable opponent he had ever encountered – Miss Debater, IBM’s six-year-old artificial intelligence (AI) system. While Harish may have had more debating experience than the bot, truth be told, the odds have not been in favor of humans lately. The battle between humans and machines has witnessed world champs and record breakers fall short to AI countless times. Yet, in today’s world where everyone is claiming that robots are out to take our jobs, humans needed a win – and win, Harish did. Not this time, machines!

Are we coming to the end of the road for roads as we know them?

Sprawled across a bike path in Nuenen, Netherlands, 50 000 solar-powered stones are embedded on the pavement to glow in the dark and resemble Vincent van Gogh’s famous “The Starry Night”. It was a commemoration of the 125th anniversary of the painter’s death: a techno-poetry that Dutch artist and urban architect Daan Roosegaarde describes as “technical combined with experience”, a fusion of art and purpose.

The future won’t have stop signs

Roads will remain part of our future alongside other types of transport infrastructure. What kind of new thinking must we embrace to pave the way for AVs?

What if Africa was orange?

Through blockchain innovation, Africa will be orange with the rest of community becoming merchants and makers of their own energy.

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