The scars and scars of aging apartments and housing units under the jurisdiction of the New York City Housing Authority do not immediately convey the idea of innovation. The largest landlord in the city, home to nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally collapse after decades of delayed maintenance and mismanagement. All in all, this abandoned subsidized housing is in the middle of what local planners call it. “demolition by neglect. ” It is estimated that it would take about $ 40 billion or more, at least $ 180,000 per unit, to return the buildings to good condition.
Many years ago, there was evidence of innovations hidden within these units – in kitchens. By the late ’90s, NYCHA realized that existing refrigerators in many units were extremely inefficient, old, and expensive for the agency. It held a successful competition for home appliance manufacturers, asking them to create smaller, more efficient apartment-sized units. The winner, Maytag, gained access to NYCHA and other housing authorities and sold 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 challenge Clean Heat for All requires manufacturers to develop low-cost heat pump technologies that are easy to install for building renovation. The stakes for the agency, the winning company, and society itself could be huge — and good for the planet.
After all, it is far more sustainable to reconstruct existing buildings than to demolish them and build new ones. Read the whole story.
I combed the internet to find the funniest / most important / scary / fascinating stories of today about technology.
1 Amazon wants Alexa to mimic the voices of your deceased loved ones
Yes, it sounds like a leaked script for the Black Mirror. (CNBC)
+ How data about your life means that a version of you could live forever. (MIT Technology Review)
2 Finland shuts down its spent nuclear fuel deep underground
It is the first country to build a complete deep geological repository. (Economist $)
+ Zap Energy, a fusion startup, claims to have injected plasma into the reactor core. (USA $)
+ Can the US solar panel industry recover? (Slate $)
3 Recession? What recession?
The economy is slowing down, but if we go into recession anyway, it may not be as terrible as previously believed. (New Yorker $)
+ Defining a recession isn’t easy anymore, but we’ll know when it comes. (Bloomberg $)
4 Cash dies
But even though fewer people use it, it is still a lifeline for vulnerable people. (NY Mag)
+ Elegy for money: a technology we may never replace. (MIT Technology Review)
+ In honor of the dollar bill. (MIT Technology Review)
5 How the group dedicated to firing missionaries was canceled
No White Saviors have been accused of similar acts as the humanitarian workers he targeted. (Input)
+ How the artificial intelligence industry benefits from disaster. (MIT Technology Review)
6 Mark Zuckerberg must not be allowed to rule the metaverse
And its current monopolies should be read as a warning sign. (Time $)
+ Meta no longer sponsors U.S. anniversary celebrations. (WSJ $)
+ Facebook’s supervisory board is committed to greater transparency. (WP $)
7 Alibaba focused on South Asia
After conquering China, he wants to expand to new pastures. (FT $)
8 How Bored Apes overshadowed his crypto origins
And in that process it became a cultural movement. (The Block)
+ The Axie Infinity crypto game could benefit from Monkey’s luck. (The rest of the world)
+ The lowest GPU prices are finally falling. (Motherboard)
9 These small, robotic fish remove microplastics from the ocean
But we need a LOT of them to make a difference. (The Guardian)
10 The music of disaster reflects the gloomy state of our world at the moment
Fans enjoy detachment from reality. (Villas)