Prof. Edward Glaeser lectures on his best seller book - Triumph of the City
How our greatest invantion makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier.
Hebrew University, December 4, 2012
Our blender brain: How mixing ideas made us human
THERE are many things that humans can’t do. We can’t run like cheetahs, fly like eagles or echolocate insects like bats. But the human contribution to the miracle of life is obvious: we are the origin of new ideas.
We hit upon new ideas, lots of them, on the fly, all the time. They arise constantly in our minds, and sometimes tumble out to influence other minds and change the world.
How do we do it? How does our thinking leap beyond our existing knowledge to make new ideas? The answer is that we blend multiple ideas that are already in our minds, and these blends contain new ideas that didn’t exist before.
Blending is a basic mental operation, and many species may be capable of creating rudimentary blends. Imagine, for instance, a dog that has learned the game of fetch from its master, who exploited thedog’s instinct to …read more
It is very important to think about how the built environment can maintain more sustainable lifestyles. This is because there are a lot of critical challenges facing the world. Like resource scarcity, climate change, increasing population, increased urbanization and burgeoning middle classes….
Chris Burden’s Metropolis II is an intense kinetic sculpture, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Steel beams form an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of 18 roadways, including one six lane freeway, and HO scale train tracks. Miniature cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour; every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulate through the dense network of buildings. According to Burden, “The noise, the continuous flow of the trains, and the speeding toy cars produce in the viewer the stress of living in a dynamic, active and bustling 21st century city.”
(via Colossal en Jeroen Apers)
*Global Risks Landscape 2014 from the World Economic Forum
You may think that monitoring the locations of fish is a job for marine scientists with lots of technical equipment, but the process is becoming much easier. In recent weeks we’ve even seen efforts from a coastal safety charity track sharks so that they tweet when they near the beach. Now FishHunter Sonar is bringing even the time-old art of angling into the 21st century, enabling users to increase their haul by locating fish on their smartphone. READ MORE…
How tech now a days changes your sunday fishing time…efficiency for your spare time….The future is Now!