From its perch on the Baltic Sea, the tiny former Soviet nation of Estonia has become an unlikely leader in all things digital. Its government has already embraced blockchain, declared Internet access a basic human right, and embarked on a massive undertaking to become a “digital society” where everything from…
Estonian defense company Milrem has developed a seriously cool military robot that is totally modular, so that it can easily morph from an unmanned combat unit, to a humanless firefighter, to a makeshift medevac.
Remember what happened to hitchBOT this summer? You know, the hitchhiking humanoid that was ripped limb from limb two weeks into its solo journey? Because two of the original founders of Skype want to make robots that’ll similarly traverse streets, in order to ship goods to your house. It could be a great alternative…
You might not realize it, but the most technologically advanced nation in the world is a small ex-Soviet state in Eastern Europe. Estonia has pioneered secure digital identities for its citizens, helping it become a frontrunner in everything from online voting to preventing Craigslist ripoffs. But it also makes the…
This is Rummu, an abandoned soviet prison and forced labor open mine located in Estonia. Underground waters flooded the quarry and the place oddly went from being a horrible punishment facility to become one of the most enjoyable beaches I've ever seen.
It's science! And it's not just Swedes who Italians can drink under the table. It's also Latvians, Lithuanians, and Estonians.
Step one: take out all the transportation. Step two: the financial base and telecoms. Step three: You get rid of all the utilities. Gas, water, electric, nuclear. that's why they call it a fire sale, because everything must go.
Somewhere between 7,500-4,000 years ago, a meteorite fragmented over Estonia's Saaremaa island. The meteorite hit with a force comparable to Hiroshima and left nine impact craters, including the 110-meter Kaali crater. Locals worshiped this hole as holy.
If Capone was Russian, this is what he would have done: Build a 1.2-Mile pipeline to run spirits across the border. The Russian and Estonian gang smuggled 1,638 gallons of vodka before getting caught.
Instant democracy is getting closer. In 2011, Estonians will be able to elect their representatives using cellphones. How would it work and, more importantly, will it actually work?