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Tag Archives: Technology

May 21, 2017
May 17, 2017
Is Google Building the Future Instead of the Government?
New York Times

One persistent criticism of Silicon Valley is that it no longer works on big, world-changing ideas. Every few months, a dumb start-up will make the news — most recently the one selling a $700 juicer — and folks outside the tech industry will begin singing I-told-you-sos.

May 15, 2017
Dubai Focuses on Technology as Oil Won’t Last
Popular Science

Dubai drops away behind us, its ­comic-book skyline replaced by khaki sand dunes and the occasional wild camel. The first sign of the technological ambition we are about to see is a billboard

May 14, 2017
Knowledge Megaprojects Won’t Help Post-Oil Gulf Countries
Journal of Urban Technology (abstract)

As oil-rich Gulf countries have attempted to diversify their revenue stream away from fossil fuels, a new urban typology has emerged in their capitals to facilitate the transition to the knowledge-intensive economy. However, the effectiveness of such plans is questionable.

May 11, 2017
MIT Developing A 3D-Printer For Buildings
Archinect

The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.

Urban Tech Will Help Create A Connected World
Forbes

It’s impossible to predict exactly how technology will shape the urban future. But far from people becoming obsolete or disenfranchised by city-focused technology, humankind is entering an exciting era in which urban technology will support the full flowering of our creativity.

May 10, 2017
As Tech Surges, Inclusive Growth Must Be Prioritized
TechCrunch

With accelerating challenges ahead due to a changing workforce — think automation, A.I., and wholesale industry disruption and re-creation — getting ahead of the negative economic consequences has become even more critical for all of us.

Implementing Smart Technology Despite Slow Governments
Urban Land Institute

The definition of smart cities means different things to different people. While discussions of creating smart cities often focus on technology overhauls on a large scale, most of the work today is focused on smaller-scale projects with definitive results.

May 9, 2017
New Transit App Launching Smart Buses in London
Curbed

Since launching in 2012, the transit app Citymapper has improved the bus riding experience just by letting users know how long they’ll be waiting at the bus stop. Now, Citymapper is using its data to build what they claim will be the world’s best bus system.

May 8, 2017
May 4, 2017
Sidewalk Labs Might Develop Its Own Testing District
The Architects' Newspaper

Dan Doctoroff, C.E.O. and co-founder of Sidewalk Labs, Alphabet’s urban innovations company and designer of LinkNYC, today laid out his company’s vision for driving smart city technology into the near future.

May 3, 2017
Boston-Based Firm Uses Big Data For Urban Revitalization
The Architects' Newspaper

Technology and big data go hand-in-hand and Boston-based firm Sasaki is one of the firms leading the way. Sasaki’s work touches on economic activity, master planning, urban regeneration, and resiliency. Big data is crucial for such work.

May 2, 2017
Lessons From The Bridj Failure
CommonWealth Magazine

Bridj might have changed the face of mobility in Greater Boston with the power of its algorithms and its plush 14-seat vans, but there was a vast gulf between the promise of change and the reality of a service that never seemed to catch on.

Miami Partners With Real Estate Tech Startup To Modernize Zoning
Miami Herald

Gridics, founded by three University of Miami graduate students with backgrounds in urban planning, architecture, real estate tech and engineering, announced last month that it has raised $1.1 million in seed funding. And it just gained a substantial partner.

May 1, 2017
April 30, 2017
Urbanism and Artificial Intelligence
Accessplaces

The Congress for the New Urbanism is meeting in Seattle: one of the cities where software is made. How can we use the current rage – artificial intelligence – to build communities people love?

April 27, 2017
4 Big Problems With Flying Cars
Inverse

When Billy Joel plays Madison Square Garden in New York City, he doesn’t drive. Instead, from his house on Long Island to Manhattan, he commutes by helicopter. In the future, Uber imagines a world where everybody gets to be Billy Joel.

Why We Must Plan The Driverless City
The Conversation

As with Uber and the taxi industry, public sector planners and regulators will be forced to respond to the anger of those displaced by the new products the IT and automobile industries will bring to the market. But can we afford to wait?

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