Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World

Once they set Spot’s path by joysticking it around so it can remember the route, then they can let Spot autonomously roam the site, doing the work of a human who’d have to wander around doing the same.

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

In Paris, Ecommerce Warehouses Get a Chic Makeover

So since 2013, Paris has been developing “logistics hotels”—smaller mixed-use developments used for delivery logistics, located in residential neighborhoods instead of the industrial urban fringe.Because logistics facilities usually bring in lower rents than other sorts of urban real estate, the mixed-use development gives Sogaris other revenue.

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The Display of the Future Might Be in Your Contact Lens

The lens will sit right on the cornea, and Ashley Tuan, vice president of medical devices at Mojo Vision, tells me it will be just like wearing normal contacts.

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Incentivizing Tree Planting in Myanmar

Hausheer / TNC In the dry zones of Myanmar, degraded natural areas can be restored if communities believe that a low-cost investment now (for instance, a ‘leave the land alone for three-years’ strategy) would pay off in the medium term.

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

The World Has a Plan to Rein in AI—but the US Doesn’t Like It

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau said the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence would be established by the Group of Seven leading western economies and play a role in “addressing some of the ethical concerns we will face in this area.” It was to be modeled on the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which helped establish consensus on the world’s climate crisis and recommends possible responses.

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

FAO - News Article: Greater innovation needed to fight climate change, poverty and hunger

There is a need for innovation not only in science but also in policies, in how we do business and the way we think, said the FAO chief at the opening of SDG 2 - Linking Technological Innovation and Climate Change Actions for a World Free of Hunger, Malnutrition and Poverty event on Thursday, on the margins of COP25.

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

FAO - News Article: Germany launches €20 million programme with FAO and UNDP to boost the agriculture sectors’ role in addressing climate change

11 December, Madrid - The German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety through its International Climate Initiative today announced it is providing €20 million for a new programme co-led by FAO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to accelerate climate change action in developing countries' agricultural and land use sectors.

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

Photo Gallery: Wild Juxtapositions of Saudi Arabia Modern and Ancient

“Development happened so fast that they haven’t really had a chance to keep up with it the way other societies have,” says Peter Bogaczewicz a Canadian architect and photographer who has lived in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh for the past five years.

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

Scientists brave winter in Antarctic waters

NIWA principal fisheries scientist Dr Steve Parker and colleagues were on board the Janas , a deepwater longline vessel owned by Talley’s Group Ltd, for the second voyage ever during the winter to study the ecology of toothfish in the northern Ross Sea, especially to investigate spawning patterns of the Antarctic toothfish.

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)

One of X’s most exciting in-the-works bets couples AI with agricultural production—it’s making a goofy little blue plant buggy that roams fields, using data and machine learning to evaluate specific crops and help farmers manage their growth.

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Would You Rather? No More False Choices Between People and the Planet

Bigger Change Faster: Integrated Development, Health, and Environment Actions for a Sustainable Future is co-authored by the United Nations Development Programme and the Bridge Collaborative—a partnership led by The Nature Conservancy, PATH, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and Duke University.

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

The Making of Doom Is Getting a TV Show

This time, we've got TV, reality and otherwise, publisher disputes, and Magic: the Gathering.The Creators of Several Sherlock Holmes Games Are Having Serious Publisher Troubles.A new mystery for fans of the old detective: Where have all the Sherlock Holmes games gone?

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO - News Article: New pathway for food systems development

FAO’s leader points to the need to turn food systems into accelerators of the SDGs. 25 September, 2019, New York - Food systems are huge economic, social and environmental drivers of transformational change, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyusaid today.

Hard Times for Hardware?

Hard Times for Hardware?

In the coming year, hardware developers will start to see an even bigger desire for responsible labor practices, design for product end-of-life, sustainable material use, and transparency throughout their supply chain.

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

New Zealand to have world-leading hazard risk modelling tool

EQC, GNS Science and NIWA have joined forces to further develop world-leading natural hazards risk modelling for New Zealand. Mr Morgan said the new partnership will broaden use of RiskScape to include more government, council and infrastructure company users, enabling more people to get a better understanding of the potential costs of natural hazards.

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Putting Nature on the Map (Literally)

Clearly, planners’ toolboxes need expanding so decisions normally made solely on the basis of housing, jobs, and transportation might now be informed by a more complete picture of the impacts of different patterns of growth on communities as a whole, including their more natural areas.

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

Cuphead Update Is Being Delayed for a Very Good Reason

In more encouraging news, the developers of Cuphead just announced a delay to that game's downloadable content, Delicious Last Course , for a very good reason.

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

17 June 2019, Rome - Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far

The Biggest News You Missed at E3 So Far. Square Enix brought some gameplay footage from its upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII to E3.

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

Self-Driving Startup Aurora Buys Speed-Sensing Lidar Company

The developer of self-driving car technology announced Thursday it’s acquiring lidar maker Blackmore , whose laser scanning tech offers the unusual and very helpful ability not just to detect nearby objects, but to discern their velocity.

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Enemies No More: Microsoft Brings the Linux Kernel to Windows

Before Microsoft released the first version of WSL in 2016 , developers could run Linux in a virtual machine. WSL made it possible to run many of the same tools and applications within Windows without the need for virtualization.

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

Tackling malnutrition in South Asia: 8 Years on

SAFANSI accomplished this by experimenting with new community food and nutrition programs, building government capacity to monitor and evaluate activities, and evaluating the impact of our work. In India, a multisectoral nutrition pilot in the state of Bihar used community self-help groups developed by the Bank-supported Jeevika, a rural livelihood program.

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Meet the Pro-Vaxxers Helping to Stave Off the Next Pandemic

Haller believes in vaccines, which is why he volunteered to test three different influenza vaccines that weren’t yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration—including against H7N9, a strain of influenza seen as a plausible source of the next pandemic.“I know how much misery they prevent in the world,” says Haller, an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine, TensorFlow, in 2015, enabling companies and researchers to build applications using some of the same software the search giant used to create tools that search photos, recognize spoken words, and translate languages.

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

However, two complementary approaches, transit-oriented development (TOD) and public space management – or placemaking – can combine both effectively to transform cities.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Now researchers at security firms Kaspersky and ESET have uncovered evidence that the same hackers who targeted Asus with that sort of supply chain hack earlier this year have also targeted three different videogame developers—this time aiming even higher upstream, corrupting the programming tools relied on by game developers.

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

An executive who works closely with Chinese mining firms told WIRED that although the ban was widely expected to move forward, miners expect it will take years for the government to fully rein in their operations.

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

Figure 2: Community Emissions Profile for Cotonou, Benin (Source: EDGE Cities) Some recommendations include the promotion of solar rooftops, public transportation, green building standards for new construction, energy performance labels for existing buildings, improved solid waste and waste water treatment, and vehicle electrification.

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

National meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) are responsible for helping people understand, predict and warn of weather- and water-related hazards such as storms, floods, and hurricanes.