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Sophia the Robot’s Message to Vietnam: 'You Are Already Halfway There'

On July 13, an international conference on Industry 4.0 in Hanoi featured Sophia, a social humanoid robot, as a guest speaker, and she had a message for Vietnam.

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[Photos] This Quang Ninh Community Center Is Made From Bamboo and Earth

An architecture firm in Vietnam has proven once again that you can create something aesthetically pleasing and highly useful from the most humble and commonplace materials.

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[Photos] Vo Trong Nghia Transforms Rest Stop Into Bamboo Oasis

Thirty kilometers from Hanoi, local architect and global sensation Vo Trong Nghia recently completed another project fashioned almost entirely out of bamboo.

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Vietnam's First Autonomous Car Project Begins Pilot Phase

Yay or nay?

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Intellectual Debate Bridges Communities at Hanoi Philosophy Forum

The answers to life’s burning questions are often found in unlikely places. A cozy ‘birds’ nest’ café at the end of a crumbling alley fits that stereotype rather well. At 7.30 every Wednesday night, locals and foreigners alike can be found there, huddling up against well-stocked bookshelves, sipping tea and shaping realities. This is the Hanoi Philosophy Forum.

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Typing Vietnamese, Part 1: Language, Identity and Technology at a Crossroad

My first exposure to the computer traces back to my primary school years when computer classes were conducted once a week. In order to study computers, students had to migrate from their usual classrooms to a multimedia lab — an air-conditioned room filled with computers. Computer classes were generally more popular among us than most subjects thanks to that satisfying cool breeze and the delight of operating something one wasn't privileged with at home.

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Sophia the Robot to Give a Presentation in Hanoi Later This Month

Sophia, an AI-equipped social humanoid robot from Hong Kong’s Hanson Robotics Ltd that has been a Saudi Arabian citizen since October 2017, will speak alongside scholars and authorities at an international forum on Industry 4.0 in Hanoi later this month.

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[Photos] Da Lat Architects Transform Abandoned House With Transparent Skin

After 20 years of abandonment, this crumbling, countryside Da Lat house was in rough shape. However its owner, whose father had built the structure himself, still had fond memories of the long-empty home and hoped to preserve its original design.

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Q&A: Former US Ambassador Ted Osius on Vietnam's LGBTQ Community

As Pride Month nears its end, we take a look back at a momentous period for Vietnam's LGBTQ community with one of its most prominent supporters.

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[Photos] Take a Tour of Hanoi’s Pint-Sized Architecture Studio

These days, every architecture firm in Vietnam is after pretty much the same thing: trying to bring light, air and more space to the country’s cramped urban buildings.

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[Video] Where Horticulture Meets Corporate Culture: How a Japanese Office Brings Farming Closer to Its Workers

As humans have become increasingly urban creatures, a disconnect between our life in the city and our food sources has created numerous challenges. These include the distances our food travels, contributing to global warming and the diminishing quality of produce grown in large-scale farming operations. Looking to bridge the gap between cities, the hinterlands and beyond, architecture firm Kono Designs have built a model for urban farming in the form of the offices of Pasona, a recruitment firm located in Tokyo.

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