Cities in Scotland to start universal basic income trials

December 27, 2017 by  
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Select residents of  Glasgow , Edinburgh, Fife, and North Ayrshire will soon begin receiving unconditional monthly payments as part of a Scottish universal basic income experiment. Universal basic income (UBI) is a policy that offers direct unconditional income for all citizens to ensure that everyone benefits from a basic standard of living. UBI is currently being tested in Scotland, as well as countries like Canada and Finland, and has attracted £250,000 (~$334,500) in public funding for feasibility studies. The selected cities must submit their plans for locally implementing the basic income program by March 2018. Proponents of a basic income claim that it will be necessary to implement UBI in some form in order to compensate for the major economic disruption and potential job losses from increasing automation due to advanced artificial intelligence . While the idea is still controversial, it is being increasingly taken seriously in cities and countries around the world. “It might turn out not to be the answer, it might turn out not to be feasible,” said Scotland ‘s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. “But as work changes as rapidly as it is doing, I think its really important that we are prepared to be open-minded about the different ways that we can support individuals to participate fully in the new economy.” Related: Wind power supplied 124% of household electricity needs in Scotland from January through June Scotland is not alone in its endeavor to understand how UBI might feasibly function. California , the Netherlands, Ontario, India, Italy, and Uganda all took steps in 2017 towards someday being able to implement a UBI system. In California, this work is being supported by companies like Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s largest start-up accelerator. “In a world where technology eliminates jobs, it will mean that the cost of having a great life goes down a lot,” tweeted Sam Altman, president at Y Combinator. “But without something like basic income, I don’t think we can really have equality of opportunity.” Via ScienceAlert Images via Depositphotos (1)

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LAGI Glasgow showcases new energy art designs along Scotland’s canal banks

June 9, 2016 by  
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The LAGI Glasgow exhibition demonstrates three distinct and unique designs that employ renewable energy generation without sacrificing eye appeal. Each more fantastic than the one before, the installations pay homage to the site’s natural surroundings, while incorporating some of the latest evolutions of clean energy technology, such as bladeless (or “vortex” style) wind turbines . Air, water, and light are all treated as sources of potentially endless value, within clean energy projects designed and executed by multidisciplinary teams from multiple continents. Related: The world’s largest floating wind farm will be operational next year ‘Wind Forest’ is the aptly named grove of towering wind turbines created by Peter Foster Richardson of Glasgow’s own ZM Architecture and Scottish environmental artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion or Dalziel + Scullion . The artificial forest will transform 100 Acre Hill into a wind energy farm, sporting 100 4 kW single bladeless wind turbines , in three distinct groves, each painted in a slightly different shade pulled from the palette of the surrounding landscape. This part of the exhibition was designed and constructed with assistance from UK-based electrical engineer Ian Nicoll of Qmulus Ltd  and Peter Yeadon at Yeadon Space Agency , headquartered in Brooklyn. The forest will also feature a number of man made boulders, intended as a reference back to the site’s glacial origins. The second of three parts of the exhibition shines a spotlight on the unique power hidden in Earth’s most abundant resource: water. ‘Watergaw’ is a hydropower installation comprised of water-callers and wind-callers, representations of natural features at the exhibition site. This design stems from the collaborative efforts of Glasgow-based ERZ Studio , along with Scottish born artist Alec Finlay , and Berlin-based artist Riccardo Mariano . Mariano is responsible for the brilliant rainbow in the sky above the water element, which can be seen from the city below. A host of other consultants participated in developing and honing the design. For its energy generation feats, Watergaw centers around a micro-hydro turbine installation at Monkland Canal and an array of seven small-scale vertical axis wind turbines. The final portion of the LAGI Glasgow exhibition is ‘Dundas Dandelions,’ so named for its resemblance to a white puff of dandelion seeds waiting to be swept off in the wind. It’s a fantastic conglomeration of various models of wind turbines, kinetic (torque) generators, and piezoelectric disks which, working in concert, are capable of producing as much as 500 MWh of clean energy each year. For this dazzling spectacle, which is illuminated at night, two local firms Stallan Brand Architectural Design and Pidgin Perfect joined forces with the Glasgow Science Festival and University Glasgow, with support from California’s M-Rad Architects . LAGI Glasgow kicks off June 9 and will run through July 29, 2016. + LAGI Glasgow Images via LAGI

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World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow

September 18, 2012 by  
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Baca Architects and ZM Architecture have teamed up with Floating Concepts to design what has been dubbed the world’s first “ floating leisure village ” at Canting Docks in Glasgow . The Scottish city—in which the docklands once served as a major industrial hub—has seen significant urban renewal in recent years and the mixed-use floating development could add to the city’s appeal. Plans for the location , which lies just off the River Clyde, include a boat-sharing facility, an 80-100 room pod hotel, single-family homes as well as a cafe and theater— much of which will utilize renewable energy . Read the rest of World’s “First Floating Village” Unveiled by Baca Architects and ZM Architecture Design for Glasgow Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquatecture , Baca Architects , boat sharing , canting basin , clyde waterfront development , eco-tourism , eco-travel , floating concepts , floating hotel , floating house , floating leisure village , floating urban quarter , glasgow , pacific quay , pod hotel , river clyde , roof-top theater , Scotland , urban revival , Zm Architecture

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2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan

September 18, 2012 by  
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This fall Ford is releasing an all-new 2013 Ford Fusion – and the vehicle was just rated by the EPA as the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in America with fuel economy scores of 47 mpg city, 47 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined. The EPA’s rating of 47 mpg means that the new Fusion Hybrid is more fuel-efficient than its closest competitor, the Toyota Camry Hybrid , by 8 mpg highway and 4 mpg city. Read the rest of 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid Rated as America’s Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Sedan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ford , Ford EcoBoost , ford fusion , ford fusion energi , ford fusion hybrid , ford hybrid , green car , green transportation , hybrid car , plug-in hybrid car

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Bigg Design Transforms a Drab Scottish Underpass With Dazzling LED Lights!

May 31, 2011 by  
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Steven Holl Unveils Light-Filled Glasgow School of Art

September 20, 2010 by  
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The Glasgow School of Art just announced that New York-based architect Steven Holl won the competition to design an elegant new studio, teaching and research building.

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French Wine Vending Machines Could Be Coming to the US

September 20, 2010 by  
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You’ve got to love the French . Despite our country’s love for all things that come in vending machines — e.g. newspapers, DVDs, soft drinks and the list goes on — only the French could have conceived using these convenient little boxes to pump wine! In order to reduce the amount of glass and cardboard used to bottle and box the delight, French wine enthusiast Astrid Terzian came up with the idea of selling wine by volume.

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