Future cities will have buildings that can think and breathe

Masdar City will use solar energy and other renewables , and will be car-free.

Mankind is rethinking how we build the structures we live and work in which is changing the way our cities look and feel.  According to architect Philip Beesley, our cities of smooth stone and steel may become more like floating forests – with buildings that can think and breathe and cool themselves.

 

 

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Plants can see, smell, feel and remember but can they think?

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Are plants aware?

Are plants aware?  In the new book, ‘What a Plant Knows,” Daniel Chamovitz argues that a plant can see, smell and feel.  It can mount a defense when under siege, and warn its neighbors of trouble on the way. A plant can even be said to have a memory. But does this mean that plants think — or that one can speak of a “neuroscience” of the flower? Chamovitz answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook.

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How to make yourself smarter

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If you do lots of push-ups, you get stronger – but if you do a lot of mental exercises, do you get smarter?

For most of human history, it’s accepted that you’re either born smart or (sadly) not and that there’s no amount of Sudoku that will make you smarter (sure you can be more knowledgable – say by educating yourself, but not intrinsically more intelligent).

But that common wisdom may be wrong: studies show that you can increase your smarts by improving your memory through certain types of games…

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Researchers create robot that can learn, think and act by itself

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At the Tokyo Institute of Technology researchers with the Hasegawa Group have created a robot that is capable of applying learned concepts to perform new tasks. The Self-Organizing Incremental Neural Network (SOINN) uses a type of self-replicating neural technology.  The research team has released a video demonstrating the robot’s ability to understand it’s environment and to carry out instructions that it previously didn’t know how to do.

 

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