The Future of Water

From Quartz. The world’s supply of cheap and clean fresh water will likely plummet as the climate warms and populations boom. Can we find ways to conserve, cut waste, and find new sources before it’s too late? The latest installment of our What Happens Next series looks for solutions in an unlikely spot: a city…

Giant spider and minotaur robot puppets on the streets of France

From Quartz. A four-day-long immersive show featuring robot puppets took place on the streets of Toulouse, France. A 43-foot-tall spider and a 46-foot tall minotaur with robotic parts roamed the streets of Toulouse, France last week. And no, that’s not a writer’s hallucination, but rather, an elaborate performance by theatrical puppet collective La Machine. The show, called…

Wade Davis is a former NFL player and feminist

From Quartz. Wade Davis is a former NFL football player and radical feminist. He works with men at Google, Netflix, and other companies to remove barriers for women in the workplace and beyond. In an interview with How We’ll Win and Quartz, Wade discusses how he approaches fear and anger in the Me Too movement.

Self-driving boats: the next step for autonomous vehicles

From Quartz. This self-driving boat, created by researchers at MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, could be a whole new kind of city infrastructure technology. Currently, the boat is just a prototype, but the autonomous vehicles could one day be used to do anything from carrying trash or deliveries to forming floating…

The Future of Gaming: Your data, your wallet

From Quartz. From Fortnite to Candy Crush, video games and mobile games are relying more and more on in-game and in-app purchases to make money. This means gaming companies are finding new ways to keep players playing and spending. Some digital games development uses old-school gambling mechanisms to keep people hooked, while others in the…

Robots will make us happier, better people

From Quartz. Innovation in robotics and omnipresence of real robot technology is unstoppable. Robotics engineer Oh Jun-Ho is convinced this is a good thing. Oh created a state-of-the-art humanoid robot, HUBO. That robot that was declared best humanoid in the DARPA robotics challenge. Oh’s newest robot innovations are built to help people with everything from…

Robotics pioneer believes machines will make us happier

From Quartz. Innovation in robotics and omnipresence of real robot technology is unstoppable. Robotics engineer Oh Jun-Ho is convinced this is a good thing. Oh created a state-of-the-art humanoid robot, HUBO. That robot that was declared best humanoid in the DARPA robotics challenge. Oh’s newest robot innovations are built to help people with everything from…

Design’s next frontier is outer space

From Quartz. His viral moment may have come from racing Usain Bolt in zero gravity, but Octave de Gaulle is a designer, not an athlete. He’s made a career out of reinventing products for outer space—like the champagne bottle he served Bolt on the zero-gravity flight in September. Quartz met up with de Gaulle in…

Computing human bias with AI technology

From Quartz. Humans are biased, and our machines are learning from us — ergo our artificial intelligence and computer programming algorithms are biased too. Computer scientist Joanna Bryson thinks we can understand how human bias is learned by taking a closer look at how AI bias is learned. Bryson’s computer science research is going beyond…

Mass childcare centers part of Singapore’s childcare plan

From Quartz. Singapore has an ambitious plan for its youngest citizens and their parents: quality and affordable childcare. In the next five years, the government’s goal is to help create 200,000 spots for babies as young as two months to six years in large centers that dot the island. These schools can hold anywhere from…

Singapore is building mega childcare centers

From Quartz. Singapore has an ambitious plan for the quality of life for its youngest citizens and their parents: quality and affordable childcare. The goal is not only to offer early childhood education and support to parents — but also increase the birthrate. In the next five years, the government’s goal is to help create…