Dubai Design Week 2018: Highlights From the Global Grad Show

Exploring the theme "Belief in AI," many students approached their projects from a health and wellness perspective

With a salacious quote by Cedric Price, “Technology is the answer, but what was the question?” Brendan McGetrick opened the fourth edition of Dubai’s Global Grad Show, one of the main attractions of Dubai Design Week. For this year’s show, McGetrick selected 145 graduation projects by students from 85 design schools and universities across five continents. The theme, “Belief in AI,” centered on the necessary questions around …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

An alien probe, ancient bathroom humor, the mistaken history of chocolate and more

Ancient Bathroom Humor Discovered Uncovered this week in Turkey, inside what was once a Roman latrine, are a bunch of dirty jokes that date back to the second century. Two mosaics depict well-known Greek and Roman characters, Narcissus and Ganymede—only the scenes are a little different than the myths we know. In one, Narcissus is staring down at his penis, obsessed; in the other, Ganymede (who was …

Chinese State Media’s AI News Anchor

Xinhua (China’s state media) in collaboration with Chinese search engine Sogou, has just unveiled its Chinese- and English-speaking AI news anchor. Its evening slot wasn’t just a test run, in fact, “the simulations can be used on its website and social media platforms” now, but there’s no word on whether any TV channels have picked it up. Created to deliver news in a 24-hour cycle, …

Interview: Architect Carlo Ratti on Cities and Connection

The engineer, professor and entrepreneur on the future of robotics and humans

Thinker, researcher and entrepreneur Carlo Ratti is particularly passionate about defining life in the cities of the future. His goal is not the conception of bigger and grander cities, but cities that genuinely interact with their citizens—and vice versa. He does this within the context of his job as director of MIT Senseable City Lab, as well as in his own design and innovation firm …

Five Intriguing, Forward-Thinking Chinese Car Brands

From battery-swapping capabilities to AI-assisted selfies, these vehicles are driving into the future

by Jaclyn Trop For an outsider, the streets of many Chinese cities can feel like a parallel universe. Of course, Chinese drivers are fond of Buicks and Mercedes-Benzes, but the recent proliferation of homegrown brands—especially from electric vehicle-makers—is giving the world’s largest automotive market more options to buy local. The shock of models expected within the next year or two get hundreds of miles of …