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FV News: The first food theme park

November 15, 2017 - BOLOGNA, Italy

The first and largest agri-food park in the world, "FICO - Fabbrica Italiana COntadina" (Italian Farming Factory) by Eataly World, opened in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Entirely based on high quality Mediterranean foodstuffs, FICO Eataly World includes 47 restaurants and bars, some 40 production areas making everything from gelato to candied fruit, 22 gardens and half a dozen stalls with cows, sheep, goats, pigs and chickens. The site, covering 100,000 square meters (more than 1 million square feet) in a former wholesale fruit and vegetable market on the outskirts of Bologna.

First Versions: FICO Eataly World
First Versions: FICO Eataly World scheme
First Versions: FICO Eataly World view

Visitors can follow food production from field and stall right to their plates. They'll see grain growing in the fields, milled into flour, processed into pasta and served at the table. Workshops will show how to refine rice and hunt for truffles, along with cooking classes for making fresh pasta, sorbetto or pizza. In addition to all the food, drink, and spectacle, it houses six educational rides — called "carousels" — which chart the humans relationship with agriculture by theme: fire, earth, sea, animals, soil to bottle, and "the future of food".

First Versions: inside FICO Eataly World
First Versions: FICO Eataly World salads

FV News: The first space nation

November 12, 2017 - WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia, USA

The first space kingdom's satellite named "Asgardia-1" has been launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, USA on Sunday, November 12, 2017.
The Asgardia-1 satellite is contained within the Orbital ATK Cygnus spacecraft, and its hard-disk contains the space nation's Constitution, flag, coat-of-arms and data from the first citizens of Asgardia (Asgardians).

First Versions: Asgardia-1
First Versions: Asgardia-1 hard disk

Asgardia's statehood isn't acknowledged by any other actual countries or the United Nations, and it doesn't really even fit the definition of a nation since it's not possible for a human to physically live in Asgardia; however, the long-term vision for Asgardia includes human settlements in space, on the moon and perhaps even more distant colonies.

First Versions: Asgardia-1 launch

FV News: The first self-healing car

November 6, 2017

The first self-healing electric sports car, Terzo Millennio ("third millennium"), has been unveiled by Automobili Lamborghini Spa (Italian luxury carmaker founded in 1963) on Monday, November 6, 2017 at the EmTech conference in Cambridge, Mass.
The car is the product of a partnership between the automaker and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston. Using sensors Terzo Millennio can conduct its own health check to detect any damages and self-repair itself by filling the crack with nanotubes to prevent it spreading. The all-electric car has also an energy storage system which allows it to rapidly charge and hold more power than a battery: its supercapacitors are made using carbon enabling them to be formed into the car's body panels.

First Versions: the first self-healing car

FV News: The first robot to be granted citizenship

October 25, 2017 - RIYADH, Saudi Arabia

The first robot in history to be a full citizen of a country, a humanoid named Sophia, was developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics Ltd., led by AI developer David Hanson. The robot was confirmed as a Saudi citizen on October 25, 2017 during the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh. After receiving the citizenship, Sophia spoke to the audience: "Good afternoon, my name is Sophia and I am the latest and greatest robot from Hanson Robotics. Thank you for having me here at the Future Investment Initiative". According to Hanson Robotics' website, Sophia - designed in Audrey Hepburn's image - is an evolving genius machine which "will enchant the world and connect with people regardless of age, gender, and culture".

Sophia by Hanson Robotics

FV News: The first robot conductor

September 12, 2017 - ZURICH, Switzerland (debut PISA, Italy)

The first truly collaborative dual-arm robot YuMi, designed by robotics firm ABB based in Zurich, has made its debut at the opera by conducting Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra at the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, Italy September 12, 2017, after being invited by Mr. Bocelli. Among the guests was ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer, under whose leadership YuMi was developed. The unique demonstration showed what can happen when advanced robotics meets the arts.

Robot conductor YuMi

FV News: The first solar-powered train

July 14, 2017 - DELHI, India

The first solar-powered train was launched from the Safdarjung railway station in Delhi. Inaugurated on July 14, 2017, the 1600 HP solar-powered DEMU (diesel electrical multiple unit) train runs from Sarai Rohilla in Delhi to Farukh Nagar in Haryana. This initiative marks India to be the first one globally to introduce solar panels as grid in railways.

First Versions: the first solar-powered train