What Makes Excellent Product Design?
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Post No.: 0807   Furrywisepuppy says:   Design and technology affects us individually and as a society – our lifestyles, jobs, potentials, pastimes, cultures, economics, environments, and thus politics.   Automation, usually via technology, can de-skill us, which is fine … Read More

Electrochemical Signals and Neural Interfacing
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Post No.: 0764   Furrywisepuppy says:   If one is young enough, even severe brain tissue loss and surgery can be recovered from and one can still subsequently live a decent independent life – and this is due to neuroplasticity. … Read More

Let’s Be More Frugal For the Sake of the Planet
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Post No.: 0756   Furrywisepuppy says:   Many people from much older generations were raised to be frugal, and they still care about saving every scrap of paper and not wasting food because they lived though times of scarcity and … Read More

Clothes and Fast Fashion
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Post No.: 0722   Furrywisepuppy says:   The most sustainable thing for the environment when it comes to clothes is to buy good enough items, then to wear them as many times as possible.   Fix any bits of damage … Read More

And I Will Try to Repair You
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Post No.: 0673   Furrywisepuppy says:   It’s environmentally unfriendly to think that one must get new stuff when one’s existing stuff works fine; whether it’s phones, clothes, home improvements, cars, etc..   Too many people look for any miniscule … Read More

The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence or AI
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Post No.: 0624   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some might disagree with this but deep learning (DL) is a subfield of artificial neural networks (ANN), which in turn is a subfield of machine learning (ML), which in turn is a subfield … Read More

Shrink and Prosper, or Perhaps Reventropy?
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Post No.: 0574   Furrywisepuppy says:   On the subject of trying to predict what the world’s human population will be in the year 2100, we looked at one hypothesis in Post No.: 0565 that stated that it’ll naturally stabilise … Read More

Reducing Poverty to Stabilise the Population
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Post No.: 0565   Furrywisepuppy says:   Predicting the long-range future is always difficult, as mentioned in other kinds of contexts before, and this is no different when it comes to predicting what the world’s human population size will be … Read More

Autonomous Vehicles and the Trolley Problem
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Post No.: 0550   Furrywisepuppy says:   With ever-advancing technologies, the fleshy human meatbag will increasingly become the limiting factor. For example, vehicles could potentially drive at much higher average speeds on the roads safely… as long as every single … Read More

The Ethical Responsibilities of Designers
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Post No.: 0493   Furrywisepuppy says:   As chewed over in Post No.: 0480 – designers, engineers and inventors (and those who employ or fund them) bear huge ethical responsibilities. It’s not just about considering the life cycle and ecological … Read More

How Tech Shapes Us as Well as Our World
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Post No.: 0480   Furrywisepuppy says:   We can have different kinds of relationships with tech – they can be in us (e.g. nanotechnology capsules), between us (e.g. phones when making calls), added to us (e.g. prosthetic limbs), be like … Read More

More Trees for the Win!
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Post No.: 0474   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Although considered a ‘trace gas’ in the Earth’s atmosphere, there’s a lot of carbon dioxide in the air and depleting the amount of trees and forests on the ground is not a good … Read More

Carbon Offsetting in Practice
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Post No.: 0467   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Carbon offsetting strategies have their supporters and critics. For their supporters, it seems to make logical sense that it’s okay to release carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane and … Read More

Finite Precious Elements and Recycling
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Post No.: 0438   Furrywisepuppy says:   Indium for touchscreens, rhenium for jet turbines, neodymium for magnets in motors, lithium for batteries, helium for MRI scanners… These things we need (or want) for our technological civilisation are all rare and … Read More

Creating Addicted Users Through Habit-Forming Design
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Post No.: 0398   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Electronic devices and apps, such as mobile phones and social media apps, bring enormous benefits, including connecting users from all over the world so that we can keep in touch, share our stories … Read More

Microplastics in Every Corner of the World
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Post No.: 0380   Furrywisepuppy says:   For many here in the UK, it took a highly visual documentary (Blue Planet II) on plastic pollution gathering around innocent islands across the world, and being able to directly trace some of … Read More

Better Behaviours Through Laws and Regulations
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Post No.: 0356   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The single-use plastic carrier bag charge in the UK, introduced since 2015, has been quite successful in decreasing the amount of plastic bags used. This was mentioned in Post No.: 0346. It’s a … Read More

The Environmental Collective Action Problem
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Post No.: 0346   Furrywisepuppy says:   Personal responsibility is something that a lot of us don’t seem to want to take when it comes to collective action problems such as looking after the environment – or at least intentions … Read More

Carbon Capture and Other Tech to the Rescue
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Post No.: 0327   Fluffystealthkitten says:   You probably already know about photovoltaic solar panels, solar thermal energy, hydroelectric dams, wind turbines, bioenergy and geothermal energy when it comes to renewable energy sources or technologies. There’s also nuclear power, as … Read More

Putting a Price on the Planet’s Resources
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Post No.: 0295   Furrywisepuppy says:   Putting a monetary price on natural resources and the environment may help us to see their value to us – but a danger of doing so is that governments start to commoditise natural … Read More

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