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AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

AtlasChart Tomás Diez: A hands-on Top 9

“We either build the future we want, or become the victims of it.” As Director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Tomás Diez constantly breaks the rules when it comes to education, business, science, urbanism, farming, environmentalism, design, and housing… you name it. In this AtlasChart, the Venezuelan digital fabrication urbanist opens up about projects in

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Trust this AtlasChart: Paul Armstrong’s Block Rockin’ Top 5

Trust this AtlasChart: Paul Armstrong’s Block Rockin’ Top 5

Upsetting banks and big businesses worldwide, Blockchain is a global online database that anyone with an internet connection can use. Though the technology seems steeped in jargon and mystery, it has the power to reshape our world beyond finance – with a lot to offer healthcare, identity and ownership. So it’s time to understand it. Best described as

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VR, kind robots and refugee tech

VR, kind robots and refugee tech

A lot of staring at screens happens at Mobile World Congress – whether tapping away at your own rapidly depreciating handset, ogling smarter ones, deciphering the agenda, or (in my case) simply trying to download the app that gets you a free coffee. ‘Mobile Is Everything’. The clue is in the slogan, but Barcelona’s MWC isn’t just about mobiles. Amid

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The sex robots are coming

The sex robots are coming

In a global sex toy industry worth $15 billion, sex-tech is advancing at a fast pace as companies apply robotics to sex dolls. Geminoid-F’s looks have recently landed her the title ‘world’s sexiest robot’, RealDoll has a customisable ‘personality’ and the $7,000 Roxxxy talks and responds to touch. As more humans seek out mechanical companions, an article published in

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Best of the Atlas 2015

Best of the Atlas 2015

From a Noah’s Ark of seeds and American Idol for rural farmers to 3D printing prosthetics in conflict zones and igloo orphanages on skis, this year has seen hundreds of projects mapped on the Atlas from Syria to the North Pole. We’re celebrating the end of 2015 and looking to the future by ranking our favourite 16.  So get your

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AtlasChart Mark Stevenson: An optimist’s tour of the future

AtlasChart Mark Stevenson: An optimist’s tour of the future

The author and futurologist transports us from India to Germany through his top 5 Atlas projects – from teeny, tiny 3D printing to the Airbnb of energy. He knows how to do things differently.   1. Open Source Drug Discovery “In New Delhi, OSDD takes the shamefully inefficient (5000:1) and expensive ($2.6 billion per drug) hit rate quoted by big pharma

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Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Fab City Summit 2018: A new urban manifesto

Imagine if you could get a ‘city’ to agree to making the world more self-sufficient. A creative team of pioneers and makers is doing exactly that. They’ve created a set of ten principles as a sort of instruction manual to build a more sustainable and inhabitable new world. And they’re getting cities to agree to it. In fact, 28

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10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

10 years of Fab Lab BCN: 10 projects that change everything

In March 2017, Fab Lab Barcelona celebrated ten years of innovation, participation, digital manufacturing, technology and creation with a big birthday fiesta at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). Over the last decade, the centre has helped people around the world to locally conceptualise, design, develop and fabricate, with a focus on truly world-changing open and accessible technologies. So

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The Big Short: Housing without debt

The Big Short: Housing without debt

This week WikiHouse co-founder and FutureHero Alastair Parvin went to the cinema to see The Big Short (2015), Hollywood’s take on the real life traders who discovered that the housing loans holding up most of the economy were high risk – which led to the collapse of the US housing market and ensuing global recession of 2007-2009. The witty, depressing and

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Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Wanted: FutureHeroes!

Since the Atlas launch just a few months ago we’ve seen some of the most forward-thinking and insightful minds on the planet walk through our virtual doors. We call these high profile futurists, farmers, tech stars, entrepreneurs, 3D computational artists, design economists and epic people doing things differently ‘FutureHeroes’. Each one inspires us with what really matters – from cunning ways of solving

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Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

Postcard from: The place beyond the pines

In the late 18th century a small group of remarkable friends met at a house outside Birmingham, UK, got blind drunk and applied themselves to the problems of the age. Between the writers, intellectuals, scientists and industrialists they discovered oxygen, harnessed steam power, pioneered the theory of evolution and launched the Industrial Revolution. Then they staggered

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FutureHero Alastair Parvin: Property, plywood and power

FutureHero Alastair Parvin: Property, plywood and power

The lead founder behind the revolutionary WikiHouse – the digitally manufactured building system that anyone can download and make – on solving the housing crisis, YouTube kittens and why he wants to control time… Alastair Parvin: “Pulp’s ‘Mis-Shapes‘ is a song that I love. I studied Architecture at the University of Sheffield, so Jarvis Cocker was

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Our manifesto: Why an Atlas of the Future?

Our manifesto:  Why an Atlas of the Future?

Thirty years of digital revolution have brought previously unimaginable advances in the way we live and work. Today mankind does incredible things. We will soon be able to change the bodies we are born with, printing 3D organs to save them when they fail and creating birth-control microchips that women can turn on and off.

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AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

AtlasChart Alastair Parvin: The ‘accidental’ design economist’s Top 5

As co-founder of the open source building system WikiHouse, Alastair Parvin sees democracy as a design blueprint, has never shied away from provocation and likes people who are trying to be useful or doing seriously disruptive stuff. Take a journey through his favourite Atlas projects.   1. Ethereum This super-interesting project is looking at how you can use the

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Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

Hello world: FutureHeroes, virtual reality and the Pope

I’m thrilled to introduce myself as editor-in-chief of Atlas of the Future, the new international Barcelona-London venture from Oriol Soler, Cathy Runciman and Arnau Grinyó. Launching September, this will provide a home and hangout for all those committed to long-term thinking, and take you on a journey through the technology and advances shaping our world in every way

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