“Whole chunks of our environment are being privatised” says Silicon States author Lucie Greene

Silicon Valley companies including Alphabet, Amazon and Facebook are threatening democracy by usurping governments as the key provider of public spaces and services, according to a new book examining the rising power... Read more »

Photovoltaic concrete facade uses sunlight to generate energy

Concrete facades could soon capture solar energy to power buildings, using a prototype photovoltaic cladding developed by materials company LafargeHolcim and electronics manufacturer Heliatek. The product combines LafargeHolcim’s concrete with a top... Read more »

Robot run over by self-driving Tesla on way to CES in Las Vegas

A humanoid robot on its way to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas has been “hit and destroyed” by a self-driving Tesla. The $2,000 per day rentable model V4 robot, from manufacturer... Read more »

Map, Universal Design Studio and IBM collaborate on world’s first commercial quantum computer

Map Project Office and Universal Design Studio have worked with IBM to create the Q System One, the world’s first quantum computer intended for business use. The computing giant partnered with the... Read more »

BMW and North Face debut futuristic Futurelight camper concept at CES

BMW’s creative division Designworks has teamed up with The North Face to design a futuristic camper concept, which utilises nanospinning technology to shelter its inhabitants from extreme weather conditions. The camper, on display... Read more »

Urban wind turbine wins 2018 James Dyson Awards grand prize

The “ingenious” O-Wind Turbine designed by UK students Nicolas Orellana and Yaseen Noorani is the winner of the international James Dyson Awards. The 2018 grand prize winner is an omnidirectional wind turbine that works... Read more »

Personalised 3D-printed models of patients’ hearts can be used to plan surgery

London-based design studio Cellule has devised a system for creating personalised digital and 3D-printed models of hearts, which can be used to help doctors plan surgery for transplant patients. Initiated in September... Read more »

Coinmine device introduces novices to cryptocurrency

Tech company Coinmine has released its first product designed to allow anyone to mine and manage cryptocurrency. The Los Angeles-based startup – backed by several venture capital investors – launched this month... Read more »

12 fabric-covered gadgets that show how technology can be more cosy

Fabric-coated tech products have slowly but surely padded into the market in 2018, suggesting a future of gentle, unobtrusive devices. Here’s a look at some of the best examples. Trend forecaster Li Edelkoort... Read more »

MIT engineers complete world’s first flight of plane with no moving parts

Engineers at the Massachusetts University of Technology have built an ion-powered plane that flies without propellers or turbines, and requires no fossil fuel. Instead, the plane is powered by an “ionic wind”,... Read more »