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Freeing agriculture from climate slavery

Research at MIT’s Media Lab is analysing the climates and environmental conditions that produce the most tasty and nutritious foodstuffs, with the aim of replicating them anywhere in the world – including in fast-growing cities. The Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is not an obvious place to launch a revolution in agriculture. […]

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    Interview with Peter Frankopan

    The eminent Oxford historian says that there is nothing new about globalisation, which began as much as 3,000 years ago. A key moment was when Alexander the Great’s conquests connected three continents and opened trading routes between the great cities of antiquity. What was the role of Alexander the Great in globalisation? His conquests between […]

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      Building a smart and equitable city

      When Bill de Blasio was elected New York’s mayor in 2013, he launched the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation to raise the quality of the city’s infrastructure, education system and workforce for the digital era. The Office’s mission statement was to deploy digital technologies to improve the city’s services, but also to use them […]

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        Singapore grows sky-high greens

        An engineer has devised a vertical farming system to grow green vegetables for the densely populated city-state, using very little water or energy and producing ten times the output per hectare of traditional cultivation methods. As the world’s population continues to grow and move into urban areas, feeding people in cities is recognised as a […]

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          The future of cities

          The digital revolution has launched a wave of innovation in the world’s cities, says MIT’s Carlo Ratti, providing opportunities to improve urban mobility and create better workspaces for the changing nature of work. These are exciting times for cities, according to Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab and co-founder of Carlo Ratti Associati […]

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            Endless power for cities from the oceans

            Two entrepreneurs have developed a simple technology that can generate renewable energy from ocean waves at a price that is competitive with solar power – attracting interest from cities all over the world. More than a billion people live without electricity, mostly in developing countries. Their cities often have access to electricity, but emissions from […]

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              The role of cities in the global economy

              The former Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme describes the reasons why more than half the world’s population has moved into cities and the challenges that need to be confronted to reap the benefits. For almost all of human history, people have lived in small towns, villages or the countryside. But the proportion […]

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                Responsible Investing

                At Pictet, Sustainability and Responsibility have always been integral to the philosophy that is engrained across all our activities, helping us to confront the challenges posed by powerful disruptive forces currently reshaping the global economy, which investors cannot afford to ignore. Many companies describe themselves as responsible corporate citizens. No doubt many are. But at […]

                Security in a digital world

                We live in a digital world where security threats are proliferating and becoming more sophisticated. The Summer 2017 issue of Pictet Report, examines the nature of these threats and various aspects of online security. On a personal level, people find hackers trying to access their personal information online for criminal purposes. Commercial organisations and public […]

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                The age of intelligent machines

                Humankind is moving from an information age to the age of intelligent machines, with consequences for the world of work, the economy and society. The transition is driven by the explosion in the amount of digital data that is now available, artificial intelligence (AI) programmes that can analyse the data for the benefit of humanity, […]

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