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A new AI project could change the way we recycle plastic bottles

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The Waste Free World project

The co-operation of two of the world's biggest consumer goods firms results in an innovative recycling project. They have created machines that use artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically identify and sort plastic packaging.

The initiative is called The Waste Free World and it was recently announced as a collaboration between Unilever and the Chinese giant Alibaba. The goal of the project is to unite the packaging technologies of the former with the business operating system of the latter to advance and ensure a highly efficient process of returning plastics back into a closed-loop recycling system.

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Insights: Erich Fromm

"The capacity to be puzzled is the premise of all creation, be it in art or in science"

Erich Fromm

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Stay curious and creative in the face of the unsolvable mysteries of the Universe. Enjoy your weekend!

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The 10 contemporary scientists that changed today’s world

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Some of the most influential scientist from the last decades

Living in the 21st century gives us the privilege to avail ourselves of all the scientific and technical advantages achieved in the past. Nowadays, we have almost effortless access to unlimited opportunities. We travel faster than ever, we could enter into the endless flow of information and search the world wide web just by clicking few buttons on our laptop or even more, on the screen of the mobile computer in our pocket. Every new theory and all the technical advancements expand our perception of the world and grant us new prospects. Thanks to these unnumerable thinkers, scholars, and practitioners. To people from all kinds of spheres and disciplines who devoted their lives to the ideas of knowledge and progress. We are now capable to enjoy our lives better, and moreover, to explore the universe in ever-growing detail and depth. Our human world was slowly shaped throughout thousands of years but, now and then, there was a single person whose activities pushed the evolution of civilization with the speed of light. 



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The Sistine Chapel of the ancients

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Amazonian ancient rock art

A stunning discovery of prehistoric rock drawings depicting humans, animals, and various ancient people's activities was made in the forest labyrinths of the Amazon jungle. The unbelievable number and quality of the pictures spread across miles of cliff faces provoked the researchers to call the site "The Sistine Chapel of the ancients". The archeologists reckon that it would take decades for the scientists to explore and study thoroughly all the figures and ornaments. The leader of the expedition Jose Iriarte says "When you're there, your emotions flow … We're talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It's going to take generations to record them … Every turn you do, it's a new wall of paintings." These explorations could lead us to yet unknown facts about the life of prehistoric humans and critical knowledge of early human civilizations.

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Prof. Xavier Cortada: DO NOT OPEN - a (Warning) Project about Climate Change and the World of Tomorrow

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AN EYE OPENING PROJECT 

"DO NOT OPEN" is a participatory art project, organized and lead by Prof. Xavier Cortada.  Its goal is to provoke a first-hand awareness  on climate change and the way it affects our life and the life of those coming after us. Because it is true that for many people (or should we say for most of the people) climate change is still something distant, something chimerical, something that is not relevant to them - not now, not in this moment. Yet, Prof. Cortada proves us wrong. He makes us, or actually let's say, he helps us see, admit and acknowledge the personal (and global) effects of climate change.  Because this is the only way a change could be made. Not via impersonal narration, but via personal interpretation.

 Prof. Cortada asks the participants to write letters to the future, focusing on the climate change which effects we experience today. Then the participants should put the letters away and leave them unread, until a future time. The result is the acknowledgement that climate change is real and that our today is what will form the next generations' tomorrow. ..

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