- If a computer programme can teach itself to think, will humans become redundant in future?
- Will robots rule humans in future?
- What advantages do humans have over robots?
The city is planning a 250-acre agricultural district, which will function as a space to work, live, shop, and farm food. Called Sunqiao Shanghai, it will include new public plazas, parks, housing, stores, restaurants, greenhouses, and a science museum. Some of the crops will be grown hydroponically indoors (i.e. under LEDs and in nutrient-rich water rather than soil).
Sunqiao will allow for produce to be grown closer to the city, while reducing the impact of land and water use that comes with traditional agriculture, Grove says. At the same time, he acknowledges the large energy use that comes with vertical farms, which rely on LEDs to grow crops.
Ultimately, the researchers are working toward creating an artificial womb that could sustain premature human babies. Preemies haven’t had time to fully develop in the womb and, therefore, are at a higher risk of health problems throughout their life.
Jeff Donaldson — better known by his pseudonym “Glitchaus” — is a textile designer and artist who creates “glitch art.” It’s a genre of futuristic artwork that draws inspiration from, or is created by, glitches and malfunctions in computer software — working primarily in textiles.
This interest in the aberrant side of computing led Donaldson to begin studying the code of computer viruses, which sparked a realisation. “What I noticed was these viruses are so tiny … so they can be viral … they fit perfectly within a knit scarf. Which I thought was just too good not to do.”
That epiphany led to his current series “Malwear.” With the help of specialised software, the 40-year-old artist converts the code that underpins some of the most notorious pieces of malware of all time into fabric stitches, which can then be kitted into scarfs and throws.
If you wanted to, you could even reverse-engineer them — recreating the original virus’ source code from nothing but the knitwear.