Google’s City of the Future in Toronto

Google sister-company Sidewalk Labs has been contracted by a coalition of the Toronto, Ontario and Canadian governments to develop Quayside, Toronto as (what Sidewalk Labs refers to as) “the world’s first neighborhood built from the internet up.” The concept of a smart-city is far from new—but what’s being proposed here requires such a data-driven feedback cycle that Politico wonders who would want to live in …

Milan Design Week 2018: Google’s Debut Installation “Softwear”

A sensory show that explores the human aspect of our tech-drenched world

Envisioned by Ivy Ross, VP of Hardware Design at Google, “Softwear” marks Google‘s debut installation at Milan Design Week. The underlying concept is the brainchild of trend forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort (also the curator of the show) who, in 1998, predicted that technology and nesting would combine for a lifestyle that seamlessly blends the two together. Think cozily working from home on a rainy day or …

Google Doodle Celebrates Japanese Geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi

The first woman to get a PhD in chemistry in Japan, geochemist Katsuko Saruhashi would have been 98 today and Google has honored her with her very own Google Doodle. Saruhashi’s research (measuring molecules in seawater) revealed the radioactive fallout that occurred after the United States began nuclear testing in the Pacific. She and her colleagues found that “fallout didn’t disperse evenly in the ocean.” …