Why? Because pirates can operate when rules and safety nets break down.
Dutch designer Lucas Maassen has a furniture factory in Eindhoven that sounds like something out of an Upton Sinclair novel. The factory is run primarily by his three sons Thijme, Julian, and Maris. Respectively, they’re 9, 7, and 7. But wait: It’s legal!
Dutch child labor laws let the boys work up to 3 hours a week.
Early adopters turned to 3-D printing as a speedy way to prototype products, but, more recently, the technology has been leveraged to create finished pieces, including everything from decorative vases to jewelry and eyewear.
We’ve made no secret of our fondness for bikes, even suggesting that they could be the key to solving some of our pressing problems. But if you live in a tight apartment, having a bike presents its own vexing question: How do you store your precious ride? Chain it to a pole outside, and you may never see it again; bring it inside, and you risk tripping over it or snagging your dress pants.
Our civilization relies on the fleet of satellites orbiting the planet, for everything from TV broadcasts to credit card payments. There’s a lot of them--974 in operation at last count. We’ve launched thousands more and many of those are still in orbit.
Since Steve Jobs’s passing last October, Apple’s future has been a topic of fierce speculation. Can the company keep churning out disruptive products without its visionary frontman? That question is still up in the air, but the recent release of Nest, the game-changing home thermostat developed by Apple alum Tony Fadell, set some minds at ease.
Recursion basically means looping a process back on itself so it uses outputs as its own inputs. If you’ve ever looked at yourself receding into infinity when you stand between two mirrors, you’ll get the idea. It’s a fertile concept for programmers and philosophers alike. (Googling the term results in a dorky-but-deep joke.)
But recursion doesn’t always just result in infinite repetition.