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Tag Archives: Technology

April 26, 2017
Stop Calling Them Flying Cars
The Verge

We need to stop calling these things “flying cars.” There is no such thing as flying cars. And I say this as someone guilty of taking this rhetorical shortcut myself. But I’m not sure quotation marks are enough anymore.

April 25, 2017
Oslo, London Lead Push for Greener Transport
Reuters

Oslo, London and Amsterdam are leading a shift by major cities to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from transport, helped by new technologies that will curb climate change and reduce air pollution, a study showed on Tuesday.

April 20, 2017
There’s No Such Thing As The Perfect Smart City
Quartz

What will our smart cities look like? Do we build new cities from the ground up, or is it better to smarten up the existing ones? What is a precise roadmap to becoming smart? Sorry, there’s no answer, because no city is perfect.

April 19, 2017
How To Make A Smart City
Directions Magazine

For 42 years, I’ve lived in Worcester, a city of 181,000 people. Over these years, it has become a much smarter city. It has become smarter technology-wise, but it is also a smarter city in the sense that our city government is more open and citizens are more involved.

April 18, 2017
In The Smart City Race, We’re Betting On Transit
TechCrunch

A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, a sensor there — when solutions are not clearly connected and without critical mass — you don’t get the combinatorial benefit of different systems working together.

April 17, 2017
The Rise of the Smart City
Wall Street Journal

Officials are tapping all kinds of data to make their cities safer, healthier and more efficient, in what may be just the start of a sweeping change in how cities are run.

April 16, 2017
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April 11, 2017
Power-Boosted Bike Wheel From MIT Startup Finally Available
Boston Business Journal

You may have seen photos of the flashy, red-centered “Copenhagen Wheel” that has been capturing bikers’ imaginations since an early version was unveiled by a Massachusetts Institute of Technology lab in 2009.

What Is The Internet Of Things? A 2017 Guide
Forbes

Amazon Echo. FitBit. Even your coffee pot. While you might be thinking “one of these things is not like the other,” they are all examples of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The Future Is Farming
The Ringer

The future of agriculture is happening in cities. After years of experimentation, Silicon Valley may finally be making urban farming viable. But will residents be able to afford the crop?

April 10, 2017
April 9, 2017
The Political Heart Of The Hyperloop
Gizmodo

Yesterday, in our nation’s capital, I spent two hours in a beautiful fantasy. A world where the usual constraints of time and space don’t apply, where almost everyone in our fractured nation is connected, closer than ever, united by technology. I was at the Hyperloop Showcase.

Tech That Brought Airbnb, Uber Can Do Much More
Grist

There’s a problem with the sharing economy, says Julian Agyeman, an urban environmental policy scholar at Tufts University. “While useful in some ways,” he says, “the concept of a ‘sharing economy’ limits this very human value — sharing — to an economic transaction.”

How IoT Is Driving Economic Development
Information Age

While many see metropolitan areas like Silicon Valley as being a mecca for business and tech success, governments are working with new Internet of Things technologies to drive economic development in other cities across the globe.

April 6, 2017
How Technology Revolutionizes Architecture
CNN

The Big Bend shows that anything goes, it seems, in a world of computer-aided design, high-tech materials, pre-fabrication, high land values, the unblushing egos of developers and the seemingly insatiable aspiration of buyers. But how has architecture reached this point?

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