The Ecocapsule is proof that we’re heading to a future heavily inspired by the Jetsons. The tiny, egg-shaped smart-house is definitely a slice of the future… why? Because it relies solely on solar and wind energy to power itself. Providing the luxury of a hotel room literally anywhere on earth (even in the north pole, if you choose), the Ecocapsule by Nice Architects comes with dual-energy production techniques and a battery to power the entire house. Its spherical egg-shaped design is carefully formed to maximize collection of the rainwater and morning dew. Membrane water filters installed in the Ecocapsule are devised to purify 99.999% (wow, much accuracy) of the bacteria and rendering any natural water source suitable for drinking.
The spherical Jetsonian shape also allows the Ecocapsule to have massively hollow walls which are filled with hi-performance thermal insulation material, allowing the Ecocapsule to be used in the harshest of weathers with its residents barely being able to tell the difference. Don’t like where you’re living? No problem. The Ecocapsule is small enough to fit into a standard shipping container and be carried to wherever you want to take it! Oh, and if you want to grab one, they cost less than a Tesla ($80K).
How much money do you need to be happy? Some people believe the best things in life are free; others are happiest when they’re striking multi-million deals in the back of their chauffeured town car.
There’s no right answer, per se; naturally, how much money you need to be happy will depend on you, your circumstances and your environment. (And of course, questioning what exactly happiness is opens up a whole other can of existential dread.) You’re unlikely to be happy if you can’t afford life’s necessities—food, clean water, shelter, health care—but are all millionaires happier than the rest of us? Of course not. It’s not all about money.
So it’s an impossible question to answer, not that that’s stopped economists from trying to figure it out. In the past, studies have pegged the “perfect salary for happiness” at $75,000 per year in the U.S. You get measurably happier as you earn more up to that mark, and then after that your day-to-day happiness plateaus (researchers did note that that doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no difference; “more money does boost people’s life assessment”).
New research out of Purdue University complicates and updates that view. The study, published in Nature Human Behaviour, asserts that individuals have different optimal income levels for “life evaluation”(the “overall assessment of how one is doing and is likely more influenced by higher goals and comparisons to others”) and “emotional well-being” (“one’s day-to-day emotions, such as feeling happy, excited, or sad and angry”), which are different around the world.
The researchers found that the ideal income point for an individual globally is $95,000 for life evaluation and $60,000 to $75,000 for emotional well-being. After that, further increases in income could actually be associated with a decrease in life satisfaction and well-being. The authors note that the satiation points are estimates that apply only to single-person households—so they are likely to be much higher for families.
The research is based on data from the Gallup World Poll, which surveys more than 1.7 million individuals from 164 countries. As you can imagine, it varies by region, with higher incomes mattering more in wealthier areas like Western Europe and North America.
The authors of the study write in the Nature Human Behaviour that the estimates likely vary even within individual countries, especially if there are extremely different costs of living in different areas (like in the U.S.).
So what’s the takeaway? Well, it’s true that you need a certain level of income to be happy, but happiness depends on much more than just income—where you live plays a factor, and your emotional well-being is a different measure than your overall life satisfaction.
Most importantly, spending money on material possessions or a nicer house just isn’t going to make you happier. Instead, Andrew Jebb, the lead author of the study, told Mic that if you want to be happier, you should focus less on yourself. “People tend to be better off when they spend their money… in service of other people,” he said.
Thanks to their overwhelming use of technology, i.e. tablets, phones, laptops, etc., many kids today that are just entering school can’t use a pencil because they don’t have the “hand strength and dexterity” to do so. Seriously.
Children are increasingly finding it hard to hold pens and pencils because of an excessive use of technology, senior paediatric doctors have warned.
An overuse of touchscreen phones and tablets is preventing children’s finger muscles from developing sufficiently to enable them to hold a pencil correctly, they say.
“Children are not coming into school with the hand strength and dexterity they had 10 years ago,” said Sally Payne, the head paediatric occupational therapist at the Heart of England foundation NHS Trust. “Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not be able to hold it because they don’t have the fundamental movement skills.
First, we have schools building bulletproof shelters and now we find out that kids can’t even use a GD pencil? What is this world going to look like in twenty years? Will there actually come a day when a kid has no idea how to do this?!
Because that’s not a world I want to live in, thank you very much.
Mellissa Prunty, a paediatric occupational therapist who specialises in handwriting difficulties in children, is concerned that increasing numbers of children may be developing handwriting late because of an overuse of technology.
“One problem is that handwriting is very individual in how it develops in each child,” said Prunty, the vice-chair of the National Handwriting Association who runs a research clinic at Brunel University London investigating key skills in childhood, including handwriting.
“Without research, the risk is that we make too many assumptions about why a child isn’t able to write at the expected age and don’t intervene when there is a technology-related cause,” she said.
Okay, first off, there is a National Handwriting Association? And second, what about stylus pens? Does using those help a kid with being able to write with a pencil? Asking for a friend.
Nothing is off-limits to artificial intelligence — even your favorite old video games.
An artificial intelligence, developed by researchers from the University of Freiburg in Germany, has beaten the Q*bert arcade game by exploiting glitches in its design.
In the game, players take the role of cartoon character Q*bert, who hops around a pyramid of 28 cubes. Every time Q*bert lands on a cube, it changes color. Players are tasked with changing every cube’s color without being captured by enemies that also roam around the pyramid.
The AI found two sleazy ways to beat the game. First, it baited an enemy to follow it, then committed suicide by jumping off its pyramid. Though Q*bert lost a life, killing the opponent in the process left the player with enough points to reincarnate and repeat the cycle.
Additionally, by jumping around the pyramid in a (seemingly) random fashion, the AI caused the pyramid’s tiles to begin to blink, and was granted more than one million points.
The researchers believe that no human has ever uncovered these loopholes before, but this may not be entirely fair. The researchers tested their AI with an updated version of Q*bert — and the game’s developer claims the original version didn’t have such bugs.
Since I designed and programmed the original arcade version, I can’t really say much about any port. This certainly doesn’t look right, but I don’t think you’d see the same behavior in the arcade version.
So it’s possible that humans could have found these loopholes as well. Nonetheless, the AI was able to find them after only five hours of training, which is probably less time than it would take most humans to beat the game.
The researchers used sets of algorithms called “evolution strategies.” As the name implies, evolution strategies involve generating many algorithms and identifying those that perform the best through trial and error.
In the paper, researchers suggest that evolution strategies can be considered “a potentially competitive approach to modern deep reinforcement learning algorithms.” Deep reinforcement learning algorithms mimic human neural networks and teach themselves effective strategy. A number of well known artificial agents fall into this category, including Alphabet Inc.’s DeepMind, which recently became one of the world’s most dominant Go players.
It’s also possible that these algorithms could end up working together. “Since evolution strategies have different strengths and weaknesses than traditional deep reinforcement learning strategies, we also expect rich opportunities for combining the strength of both,” the researchers wrote.
The one thing people rarely consider, however, is the sheer amount of space money takes up. Perhaps because most of our money is “imaginary” and available in cash only if absolutely necessary. All of that cash lives somewhere else, usually in banks.
But what if people were suddenly forced to physically hold all of their money? It wouldn’t be a probably for broke people like us but what about the millionaires and billionaires? They’d need homes just for their stacks of cash! Maybe that’s why Jack Sparrow has so many houses?
Here’s a short video showing just how much space it would take to hold stacks of money in the millions, billions and trillions.
When they’re not flying, they may be hanging out in their secret crew lounge inside the airport.
Robert "Bingo" Bingochea, a Denver-based flight attendant forUnited Airlines, gave us a tour of United’s crew lounge inside Denver International Airport.
Flight attendants are like the tech workers of the airline industry.
Without them, nothing would run smoothly. They keep odd hours. And they even have their own nap rooms.
While you may not think of flight attendants as your typical office dwellers, when they’re not flying or recreating, there’s a good chance they’re hanging out in their airline’s employee-only facilities inside the airport.
Not every airline has their own employee facilities in each airport. United Airlines, for example, has them at their hub airports including Newark International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Denver International Airport.
These employee facilities not only house flight attendants’ beloved crew lounge, but also conference and meeting rooms, training areas, computer stations, and different departments including HR and IT.
It’s been roughly 20 years since I picked up a hula hoop and wiggled my waist with the elegance of, well, a technology journalist with zero coordination. But here I am, in the middle of Mobile World Congress, shaking my booty while a dozen or so attendees look on with a mixture of amusement and befuddlement. I’m trying out the Vhoop, a chunky ring with an embedded motion sensor that tracks your workouts in real-time. They’re sent via Bluetooth to a companion app that lists your clockwise and counter-clockwise revolutions, calories burned and workout duration.
I used the hula hoop for a good few minutes and everything worked as promised. The final version of the app will include leaderboards — if you fancy racing your friends in the park, or competing with the world from the comfort of your living room — a detailed history section, trophies and push notification reminders. The hoop itself is a sturdy contraption, comprising of a polypropylene outer shell and rubbery elastomer inner. I didn’t feel any discomfort while hooping, though that might be because I could only manage 20 or so revolutions before the ring fell dramatically to the floor.
The Vhoop weighs three and a half pounds and lasts 15 hours on a single charge. It’s also waterproof, and can be broken down into eight pieces for easy storage and transportation. If you’re looking for a challenge, the hoop comes with coin-like weights that slip inside the various segments. I can see the appeal, though $120 seems a little steep for a casual fitness tracker. The data is undeniably useful — like a pedometer, it’s an easy way to monitor your progress and set new goals — but ultimately, you can do the same thing by watching the hoop and keeping count the traditional way.
The Vhoop was pitched on Kickstarter last July and raised $14,290 from 141 backers. A few months later, the team launched an open-ended pre-order campaign on Indiegogo — at the time of writing it’s made $15,176. I was told by a company spokesperson that the first units will ship in April, but of course that doesn’t guarantee the Vhoop will ever see the light of day. The version I tried seemed ready for store shelves, but as with all Kickstarter projects — it’s best to be a little skeptical. Now excuse me while I try to crack my all-time hula hooping high of 25 clockwise revolutions…
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While I normally subscribe to the Groucho Marx-ism of not wanting to be a member of any club that would have me, I would happily make an exception for Nap York, a new wellness club that offers stressed out and busy New Yorkers a quick place to nap in peace.
If you can’t Costanza your way into a midday nap, Nap York is designed specifically to give stressed out New Yorkers an opportunity to catch a few winks when they’re away from home. The sound-proof, individual pods offer up airweave mattresses and pillows for hygiene and comfort. Simply tuck your belongings into the storage cubby, pull the curtains and drift off.
There’s more to the center than just luxury naps; sign up for yoga and meditation classes, or grab a latte in the cafe. There are egg chairs for relaxing, reading, or quickly checking emails. There’s also a coworking space designed to help people focus. The whole building is full of sleek black furniture, low lighting and over 250 live plants help to create a calming and very chill atmosphere. A half hour at Nap York costs between $6-10 depending on which area you’re going to.
from Apartment Therapy http://bit.ly/2oASxut
Girlfriends and wives can be so cruel sometimes. Do they not know that sending a guy out shopping for pretty much anything is going to end in disaster? Especially if they send a guy out to purchase something for the woman that he has never even thought about buying before in his entire life? Maybe they do it on purpose just to show how superior they are to their guys. Wouldn’t surprise me.
Anyhoo, once again, a woman who should have known better sent her boyfriend out shopping to pick up something for her. Something that on the surface sounds reasonable and very simple. She needed him to go to the store to pick her up a pair of black leggings. What transpired may have ended up shaving a few years off of her poor boyfriend’s life.
According to the woman, Tay Gallagher (@MissTayl0rAnne), who spoke to Someecards about the event in question, she was busy working all weekend and since her boyfriend of two years was already out shopping for a birthday present for her, she asked him to also pick her up a pair of black leggings.
What happened next is why his, and her, story went viral.
Omg this reminds me of a time i asked for baby pink barry m nail polish (I included the name and number). It was then that I realised that men are so dramatic n dumb n need to stay away frm me fr lol. I wish I kept the texts lol.