‘Smart cities’ driven solely by technology can’t solve urban problems

BY: CAROLINE ROLF  The promise of futuristic “smart” cities can seem almost too good to be true—they are highly efficient, run by sensors and data and promise to solve many of the present and future issues facing urbanization. Smart cities…

This is what a childhood without technology looks like

BY: JESSICA BEUKER   Photographer Niki Boon first started taking photos while working as a physiotherapist in Scotland. But her interest in photography started to diminish while travelling, as she didn’t have access to a darkroom. It wasn’t until she…

Haunting photo series will open your eyes to the sad reality of the modern relationship

BY: JESSICA BEUKER A family sits down for breakfast at a New York café. Illium café it’s called. The family sits together, yet no one is talking. The father and two daughters have their phones out, while the mother, who…

This documentary proves that outdoor adventures are essential to human health

BY: ZOE MELNYK Though it may be practical, addictive and entertaining, technology often removes us from the basic wheelwork of life —nature. But how does this disassociation from the natural environment affect our psychology and physiology? Many of today’s children…

This tattoo plays music when you scan it

BY: AYA TSINTZIRAS Want to combine music with your body art? Now it’s possible, thanks to a Moscow-based artist. Dmitry Morozov, who describes himself as a “media-artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms,” has created a machine that plays music…

How technology is slowly ruining your social life (Documentary)

BY: SEBASTIAN BACK As technology continues to transform the social interaction of humans, the question remains: is the shift in the mode of communication liberating us from our surroundings or caging us into a screen? The Future of Interaction by…

The Rise Of Indie Developers Marks A New Frontier Of Gaming

BY: JESSICA BURDE Gaming made The New York Times recently over the internal explosion known as “#gamergate.” For people outside of the gaming community, all this furor is giving a very narrow and two dimensional look at a complicated and…

A Japanese Scientist Started A Revolution Of Robots That Look Freakishly Human

BY: KATY WILLIS On first glance, Otonaroid and Kodomoroid look like humans. As they read the news, they sound like humans. Touch their silicone skin and they even feel human. But, of course, they’re not humans. Otonaroid and Kodomoroid are…

Have we become puppets of our technology?

BY: ATLAS “How do you live?” I got used to hearing that question. It typically followed immediately after the asker discovered one of two things: that I didn’t have a cell phone or that I didn’t have Facebook. For a…