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10.01.2017

Beyond Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Beyond Science Fiction: Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Human Wrongs Watch By Jonathan Drake* 4 January 2017 (openDemocracy)* – Artificial Intelligence is growing at rapid pace, and so are significant ethical and human rights dilemmas.  “You are worse than a fool; you have no care for your species. »

06.01.2017

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

Poor Darwin – Robots, Not Nature, Now Make the Selection

By Baher Kamal When British naturalist Charles Darwin published in 1859 his theory of evolution in his work On the Origin of Species, he most likely did not expect that robots, not nature, would someday be in charge of the… »

14.12.2016

Tech Workers Say They Won’t Help Build Trump’s Muslim Database

Tech Workers Say They Won’t Help Build Trump’s Muslim Database

Heads of the nation’s top technology companies, including Apple, Facebook and Amazon, are meeting with President-elect Donald Trump today. An increasing number of technology workers and at least one major company have said they will not participate in the creation of a national registry for people from majority-Muslim countries—one of… »

25.11.2016

Kenya embraces solar to meet energy needs

Kenya embraces solar to meet energy needs

Nearly 70 percent of the Kenyan population relies on costly and environmentally damaging energy sources. But a green transtion is underway, as ever more Kenyans turn to solar power to meet their daily energy needs. Peter Theuri is busy tending his crops in central Kenya’s Kiambu County. Slung over one… »

30.10.2016

Big Pharma preps to spend hundreds of millions to keep drug prices high

Big Pharma preps to spend hundreds of millions to keep drug prices high

“PhRMA’s decision to hike membership dues 50 percent will increase the trade group’s considerable coffers to more than $300 million per year,” Politico reports. by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer for Common Dreams Facing an increasingly outraged public, the leading Big Pharma lobby group is hiking its annual dues… »

21.09.2016

The upright ergonomic chair

The upright ergonomic chair

By Herminio Piñeiro I had heard of anatomical chairs, working, management, school, even ergonomic chairs, but never upright ergonomic chair. I do not work in a huge banking office labyrinthine with more than 200 employees in the City of London, nor do I desire to. It turns out that recently… »

17.09.2016

Daniel Latorre on Face 2 Face

Daniel Latorre on Face 2 Face

On this show we discussed with Daniel Latorre, specialist on urban design and digital engagement using technology. Daniel underline the importance of being critical when considering design interventions for public places and urban development. More of his works at Wise City www.thewisecity.org… »

10.09.2016

Linking Alzheimer’s to pollution, study finds ‘abundant’ toxic nanoparticles in human brains

Linking Alzheimer’s to pollution, study finds ‘abundant’ toxic nanoparticles in human brains

Toxic magnetic particles suspected of link to Alzheimer’s disease discovered in brains of people living in heavily polluted areas. by Nika Knight, staff writer for Common Dreams Toxic magnetic nanoparticles from air pollution have been discovered in “abundant” quantities in human brains, according to a… »

09.09.2016

Discrimination can seriously damage your health (both ways)

Discrimination can seriously damage your health (both ways)

It is not surprising that communities that suffer discrimination are at a disadvantage in many aspects or their lives, including health. New research published in Science Daily and conducted at the  University of California – Berkeley by J. B. Leitner, E. Hehman, O. Ayduk, R. Mendoza-Denton. »

28.08.2016

Zimbabweans Embracing Solar Energy in Remote Areas

Zimbabweans Embracing Solar Energy in Remote Areas

By Jeffrey Moyo MWENEZI, Zimbabwe (IDN) – Deep in Vesera village in Mwenezi district in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo Province, 34-year-old Albert Chindiro emerges from his pole and dagga thatched hut holding a medium size solar panel which he positions on the roof to recharge solar batteries for lighting when night falls. »

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