Technology + Ethics Behind Turning Trees into Power Generators

In its earliest stages, and developed by graduate students from Keio University in Tokyo, the “biological microgrid” Raiki will aim to harvest electricity from trees by drawing from the “triboelectric” effect in foliage. This is a phenomenon of movement, much like static electricity, generated when positively charged leaves come into contact with negatively charged materials (like a tree trunk). Industrial designer Catalina Lotero explained this …

Ezra Klein Interviews Anil Dash on Tech and Ethics

On his podcast for Vox this week, Ezra Klein (journalist, political commentator and editor-at-large) discusses tech with CEO of Glitch, Anil Dash. From the ways algorithms veil our real-life choices to the concept of “neutral” products, the two talk about the issues surrounding tech and how important it is that we create and “maintain our ethical standards as new technologies expand into uncharted territories.” One of …