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elon musk’s neuralink startup unveils brain implant that reads your mind to control tech

kieron marchese elon musk‘s latest startup has unveiled a brain-reading device that uses small ‘threads’ to detect neuron activity so that users can control computers with their mind. at its presentation at the california academy of sciences on tuesday, the brain-computer...
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Scientists develop “greenhouse shields” to grow food on Mars

Researchers at Harvard University have devised a way to terraform Mars by placing sheets of silica aerogel on the planet’s surface, which would warm it up to make it suitable for growing plants. Eleanor Gibson Researchers at Harvard University have devised a way to...
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It takes just ten taxis to cover as much as a third of Manhattan in a single day, opening up new possibilities for mobile sensing. (Courtesy MIT Senseable City Lab)

Can you capture a portrait of a city with a taxi-mounted sensor?

How can cities collect the urban data they need to make decisions? MIT’s Senseable City Lab affixed sensors to taxis to collect that information. By Drew Zeiba Big data and its purported utility comes with the attendant need to actually collect that data in the first place,...
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The Future Impact of 3D Printing

Future Impact of 3D Printing Additive manufacturing is redefining the future, removing complexities and changing the role of architects. Terry Beaubois, CEO of Building Knowledge Systems, shares his expertise in the 3D-printed building process, offering key insights on how this...
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A view of the under-construction LaGuardia project where Skanska is testing out an array of new technologies. (Courtesy Skanska)

How can new technologies make construction safer?

The construction industry is booming, but it still remains a dangerous profession. Now, firms are using high-tech solutions to improve construction safety. By Drew Zeiba Construction remains one of the most dangerous careers in the United States. To stop accidents before they...
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Can Algorithms Design Buildings?

After decades of unsuccessful attempts to generate building layouts automatically, a spate of companies has suddenly proven it possible. By Daniel Davis Humans have been trying to harness the power of computers to automatically generate building designs for decades. Like turning...
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Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in the Luzhniki Complex, Moscow, Russia, as seen in the 3D BIM software Archicad. (Courtesy Graphisoft and www.prideproject.pro)

Graphisoft CEO talks about changes in BIM possibilities with ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD 23 is here, and Graphisoft spoke to AN about how the software suite has improved and expanded its features and BIM integration. By Drew Zeiba At the 2019 AIA Architecture Expo in Las Vegas earlier this month, longtime architectural software company Graphisoft premiered...
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This Week in Tech: Constructing with Deforming Wood—Intentionally

Plus, new solar products from IKEA and Olafur Eliasson, AIA’s 2019 Latrobe Prize winners, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane   Researchers at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, have...
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Courtesy Sidewalk Labs Replica analysis of Main Street in Kansas City, Mo.

This Week in Tech: Portland Pilots a Sidewalk Labs Data Collection Tool

Plus, Autodesk and Unity Technologies launch a real-time editing VR/AR tool for BIM, the Harvard GSD launches an online canon to celebrate architects of color, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane According to a GeekWire article, the city of Portland,...
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Joel Simon uses a complex mapping process to evolve different floor plans, drawing upon algorithms inspired by biology and neural networks. (Courtesy Joel Simon)

Could buildings be evolved instead of designed?

What if we could “breed” buildings to be more efficient? Artist, designer, and programmer Joel Simon is writing programs to find out. By Drew Zeiba What if we could “breed” buildings to be more efficient? That’s the provocation by artist, designer, and programmer Joel Simon, who...
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