Finland has become the first country to build a complete underground geological storage facility for its used nuclear waste
The scars and traces of the aging apartments and housing units under the New York City Housing Authority do not immediately communicate the idea of innovation. The largest landlord in the city, which houses nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen the buildings literally crumble after decades of delayed maintenance and poor management. All in all, this abandoned subsidized home in the middle of what local planners have called “demolition in case of neglect”. It will require an estimated $ 40 billion or more, at least $ 180,000 per unit, to bring the buildings back to good condition.
Many years ago, there was evidence of innovation hidden inside these units – in the kitchens. In the late 1990s, NYCHA realized that the existing refrigerators in many units were hugely inefficient, aging, and costly to the agency. It held a successful competition for appliance manufacturers, asking them to make smaller, more efficient apartment-sized units. The winner, Maytag, was granted access to NYCHA and other housing authorities, selling 150,000 units of its new Magic Chef model, between 1995 and 2003.
Now NYCHA wants to do the same with heating and cooling. The Clean Heat for All challenge asks manufacturers to develop affordable heat pump technologies that are easy to install for retrofitting buildings. The efforts for the agency, the winning company and for society itself can be enormous – and good for the planet.
After all, it is far more sustainable to retrofit existing buildings than to demolish them and build new ones. Read the whole story.
– Patrick Sisson
They must be read
I have scoured the internet to find today’s most funny / important / scary / fascinating stories about technology.
1 Amazon wants Alexa to mimic the voices of your deceased loved ones
Yes, that sounds like a leaked Black Mirror script. (CNBC)
+ How life’s data means a version of you can live forever. (MIT Technology Review)
2 Finland seals its spent nuclear fuel deep underground
It is the first country to have built a complete deep geological storage facility. (Economist $)
+ Zap Energy, a fusion startup, claims to have injected plasma into a reactor core. (NEW $)
+ Can the US solar panel industry come back? (Slate $)
3 Recession? Which recession?
The economy is declining, but if we predict a recession, it may not be as bruised as previously thought. (New Yorker $)
+ Defining a recession is not already easy, but we will know when it is here. (Bloomberg $)
4 Cash is dying
But even though fewer people use it, it is still a lifeline for vulnerable people. (NY Mag)
+ An elegy for cash: the technology we may never replace. (MIT Technology Review)
+ In honor of the dollar bill. (MIT Technology Review)
5 How a group dedicated to cancel missionaries was canceled
No white savior has been accused of similar atrocities to the aid workers they targeted. (Input)
+ How the AI industry benefits from disaster. (MIT Technology Review)
6 Mark Zuckerberg must not be allowed to control the meta-verse
And his current monopoly should be read as a warning sign. (Time $)
+ Meta no longer sponsors the US anniversary celebrations. (WSJ $)
+ Facebook’s supervisory board is pushing for greater transparency. (WP $)
7 Alibaba has turned its attention to South Asia
After conquering China, it is looking to expand into new pastures. (FT $)
8 How Bored Apes Darkened Their Crypto Origin
And became a cultural movement in the process. (Blocks)
+ The crypto game Axie Infinity can benefit from Ape’s happiness. (The rest of the world)
+ At least GPU prices are dropping, finally. (Motherboard)
9 These tiny robot fish remove microplastics from the ocean
But we will need MANY of them to make a difference. (Forget it)
10 Disassociation music reflects the gloomy state of our world right now
Fans enjoy detaching themselves from reality. (Pitchfork)