NASA Developing Nuclear Reactors for Mars

NASA is, once again, embarking on a large and expensive project—this time a $15 million endeavor to create nuclear fission reactors that would function on Mars. If and when humans reside on the Red Planet, they will need a power source for water, fuel and air, so NASA has built several 6.5-foot reactors that will soon be tested on Earth (other reactors have been tested …

Inventions for Future Humans at Beirut Design Week

As part of the “Speculative Needs XOXO” exhibition at Beirut Design Week, 150+ Lebanese design and architecture students have presented artistic creations that address future human needs springing up thanks to anti-social technological developments. While the concept seems heavy, the approaches taken by many of the young creatives are playful, colorful and clever. From goggles called “Face Brace” which aid users in re-learning how to …

QuoTED 2016

Snippets of insight and inspiration from this year's conference

Once again set in Vancouver, TED 2016 was a gift that will keep giving. Beyond the invaluable networking, unique experiences and engaging installations, attendees were treated to a high concentration of inspiring, even life-changing, talks—several of which are already online for public viewing. Throughout the year the talks we witnessed will be rolled out for all to see. In the mean time, however, we present …

2016 Looking Further with Ford Trend Report

Our talk with Sheryl Connelly about her insights for mobility and more

It takes three to five years to bring a new vehicle to market (like the 2017 Ford GT supercar pictured here), and changes in longterm planning require even more insight—will populations migrating to megacities want to buy cars in 20 years? Will everyone want autonomous driving cars or will they prefer mass transit? For the fourth year in a row Ford documents their findings in …

Cool Hunting Video: Mercedes-Benz F015 Concept

User Experience Designer, Vera Schmidt takes us face to face with the autonomous future of luxury mobility

On a sunny day in Alameda, California, we waited patiently at the end of an abandoned naval airstrip for the silver torpedo-like Mercedes-Benz F015 Concept car to drive itself down and pick us up. Mercedes created this concept not as evidence of autonomous driving technology, but to showcase the future of an autonomous luxury experience. Designed with passenger interaction and entertainment in mind, the car …