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cityofsound: Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead

cityofsound: Essay: On the smart city; Or, a 'manifesto' for smart citizens instead | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Oh, the smart city. I have “previous” here, over about a decade of writing about the interplay between cities and technology.
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Hypergrid users surpass those on closed grids - Hypergrid Business

Hypergrid users surpass those on closed grids - Hypergrid Business | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it


The total land area of OpenSim’s public grids reached a new high this month, with the equivalent of 54,867 standard-sized regions, an increase of 744 regions compared to the same time last month. OpenSim also gained 6,492 new registered users. However, the total number of active users fell by 1,699, mostly due to the end of the OpenSimulator Community Conference.

But the big news this month was that the number of active users on hypergrid-enabled grids exceeded those on closed grids for the first time since InWorldz and Avination first had their big growth spurts in early 2011.

The 15 grids that gained the most users this month were all hypergrid-enabled, lead by 3rd Rock Grid. Meanwhile, the two busiest closed grids — InWorldz and Avination — lost nearly 700 active users in total.

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Persinnovatie - Innovatiesubsidie voor zeven projecten

Persinnovatie - Innovatiesubsidie voor zeven projecten | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Zeven ideeën voor journalistieke vernieuwing ontvangen persinnovatie-subsidie. Dat heeft het bestuur van het Stimuleringsfonds voor de Journalistiek besloten. In totaal wordt €400.278,- uitgekeerd met een gemiddeld subsidiebedrag van €57.000,- per project. Bekijk hieronder de zeven innovatieve projecten.

Voor de achtste ronde van de persinnovatieregeling zijn in totaal 74 ideeën ingediend. Achttien daarvan zijn na een eerste selectieronde uitgenodigd een subsidieaanvraag op te stellen. Eén project besloot zich terug te trekken. Op 15 oktober presenteerden zeventien projecten hun aanvraag aan externe deskundigen en het bestuur van het Fonds, en ontvingen ze feedback op hun plan.

De externe deskundigen waren Devid Ilievski (Docent Communicatie- en Informatiewetenschappen bij de Vrije Universiteit), Faizal Nabibaks (internetondernemer), Klaske Tameling (projectmanager en onderzoeker crossmedia), Herman van Campenhout (zelfstandig ondernemer en ex-ceo TMG) en Martijn Arts (managing director Total Active Media).

De subsidieaanvragers kregen na deze bijeenkomst de optie om extern advies in te huren en hun aanvraag te verbeteren. Een deel van de aanvragers maakte daarvan gebruik en alle aanvragers dienden een aangepaste, definitieve aanvraag in. Op 10 december beoordeelde het bestuur de aanvragen op het journalistieke en innovatieve karakter en de haalbaarheid. Zeven projecten komen volgens het bestuur als meest vernieuwend uit de bus en ontvangen subsidie, te weten:

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Smart Cities. called "smart" but condemned to being stupid.

Smart Cities. called "smart" but condemned to being stupid. | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Below Rem Koolhas asks what really makes a city "smart", and argues that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.

Titled "My thoughts on the smart city", Rem Koolhaas gave a talk at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, last 24 September 2014.
Below Rem Koolhas asks what really makes a city "smart", and argues that it's critical for smart cities and governments to converge again.

Edited English transcript of a talk given at the High Level Group meeting on Smart Cities, Brussels, 24 September 2014. Translated into Spanish by José Juan Barba, arquitecto y profesor.

The rhetoric of smart cities would be more persuasive if the environment that the technology companies create was actually a compelling one that offered models for what the city can be. But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive.

I had a sinking feeling as I was listening to the talks by these prominent figures in the field of smart cities because the city used to be the domain of the architect, and now, frankly, they have made it their domain. This transfer of authority has been achieved in a clever way by calling their city smart – and by calling it smart, our city is condemned to being stupid. Here are some thoughts on the smart city, some of which are critical; but in the end, it is clear that those in the digital realm and architects will have to work together.


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3-D MAP OF EARTH SHOWS REAL-TIME WEATHER

3-D MAP OF EARTH SHOWS REAL-TIME WEATHER | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
An animated map of global wind and weather. Visit the community at https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap

Like the planet itself, some data is constantly changing—so a static visualization will always be out-of-date. Cameron Beccario’s animated globe displays real-time data, at least to within three hours. Each time a user loads the web page, it shows the weather everywhere. Wind appears as gray lines with a so-called misery index—wind chill and heat index—as color underneath. Inspired by a live U.S. wind map published by visualization researchers in 2012, Beccario’s project can also display ocean currents and cloud cover. This view, from August 29, shows post-tropical storm Cristobal off the coast of Canada.

See all 15 of our favorite recent data visualizations here.

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Firestorm on SL Go! « Firestorm Viewer – The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc.

Firestorm on SL Go! « Firestorm Viewer – The Phoenix Firestorm Project Inc. | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Can your computer get 50FPS in a crowded region with a draw distance of 256 at full ultra with shadows graphics settings? It can now! For several months now we have been quietly working with OnLive towards the goal of giving users a way to use Firestorm on computers and mobile devices with OnLive’s SL Go app. Gah! It’s been so hard keeping a secret!

We are very excited to announce that OnLive has just released Firestorm in their SL Go app, allowing you to run it on your PCs, Mac computers and soon on mobile devices! What’s most exciting about this is how it enables residents on older computers and less capable laptops to experience Second Life and Opensim on ultra graphics without spending hundreds or thousands to upgrade their systems. It’s an affordable way for everyone to experience the full potential and beauty of SL with high framerates and great performance! You can read the official OnLive press release http://www.onlive.com/news/pressreleases/1696

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Interesting developments in virtual world viewers! 

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6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World's Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities

6 Imaginative Redesigns For The World's Fastest-Growing And Most Unequal Cities | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
From floating neighborhoods in Lagos to nonprofit housing in New York City, architects dream up fanciful ideas for how cities of the future can grapple with swelling populations.

By 2030, two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities, and most will be poor. Our cities—designed in a time when neither of these facts were true—are struggling to adapt to this change. But if we want our cities to do more than simply expand haphazardly to accept their new residents, it's time to start planning.

That's why a new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which shows how six teams of architects and designers tackle the problem of growing income equality in cities from Lagos to New York, is so fascinating. The design teams spent 14 months looking at urban interventions in their own cities, and then used that inspiration to create new visions. "The teams were learning from informality, these spontaneous bottom-up interventions," says curator Pedro Gadanho.

On a Tumblr for the exhibit, the museum is collecting existing examples of "tactical urbanism." But they saw room for new ideas—and for architects to step in as intermediaries between citizens hacking solutions and cities making official plans.

"This is really also about the changing role of architects and how they can sort of function as connectors between top-down planning and bottom-up initiatives," Gadanho says. "That's quite important. We're even questioning what the role of architects is in cities in these processes for urbanization."

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“Een chirurg kan geen operaties uitvoeren met een Zwitsers zakmes”

“Een chirurg kan geen operaties uitvoeren met een Zwitsers zakmes” | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Een verslag van de boeklancering van het nieuwe boek 'Value Proposition Design' van Alex Osterwalder

25 November 2014 waren we uitgenodigd voor de lancering van het nieuwste boek van Alex Osterwalder. Vijf jaar na het enorme succes van 'Business Model Generation', waarvan dit najaar wereldwijd 1 miljoen exemplaren zijn verkocht, komt er weer een boek uit van Alex Osterwalder. In Nederland zijn er 32.000 exemplaren van het boek 'Business Model Generatie' verkocht. Het nieuwe boek 'Value Proposition Design' is een volgende stap in businessmodelinnovatie: hoe bouw je een businessmodel waar klanten echt op zitten te wachten?

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Zo werd mij vorige week nog toegeroepen, door een van de initiatiefnemers Sietse Dugour van Gezondheid & Welzijn Innovatiecentrum Almere (Inovatiefabriek), dat "als er een sluitende business case is zijn er altijd ondernemers en financiers te vinden die willen investeren." Ik zal dit artikel even onder zijn neus houden.

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Participatory sensing: enabling interactive local governance through citizen engagement - The Governance Lab @ NYU

Participatory sensing: enabling interactive local governance through citizen engagement - The Governance Lab @ NYU | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
New White Paper by the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (Australia): “Local government (such as the City of Melbourne) is accountable and responsible for establishment, execution and oversight of strategic objectives and resource management in the metropolis. Faced with a rising population, Council has in place a number of strategic plans to ensure it is able to deliver services that maintain (and ideally improve) the quality of life for its citizens (including residents, workers and visitors).

This publication explores participatory sensing (PS) and issues associated with governance in the light of new information gathering capabilities that directly engage citizens in collecting data and providing contextual insight that has the potential to greatly enhance Council operations in managing these environments. Download: Participatory Sensing: Enabling interactive local governance through citizen engagement (pdf: 2.3mb)

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A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet

A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Investing billions in big data and smart technology isn’t the only answer to building more sustainable urban areas. We need to focus on the big levers

To a classical economist, cities should not really exist at all. They represent disease, higher costs of goods, land, and labour, and in so many cases, congestion that leaves workers stuck behind the wheel rather than their more productive desks or factory lines.

Cities represent the majority of greenhouse gas emissions (pdf), combined sewage overflows, and air pollutants. Meanwhile, urbanites experience many of the worst effects of the steady decline in ecological function. In 2013 alone, China’s poor air quality shut down Harbin, a city of 11 million people, and crippled the capital city of Beijing.

And yet, cities are the world’s engines of economic growth, accounting for 70% of global GDP and even more as the balance of humans tips from 50% to 70% urban between now and 2050.

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Arup | Publications | Delivering the Smart City

Arup | Publications | Delivering the Smart City | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
There is an opportunity to use ubiquitous urban sensing, big data and analytics to better understand the real-time functioning of our cities, as well as inform longer-term planning and policy decisions.

This report, produced by Arup and University College London (UCL), analyses the spending patterns of eight major UK cities to gain an understanding of how much cities are paying for technology, as well as considering whether this expenditure is ‘smart’.
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Hummm, uitgave patronen van acht voorstaande Engelse Smart Cities,... 

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Alicia Asin: "Big Data and the Hypocrisy of Privacy"

A keynote address from Strata Europe 2014 in Barcelona, "Hiding Information Inside Big Data, and the Hypocrisy of Privacy."

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“Welcome to the era of big, bad, open information.”

Analysts have predicted huge numbers of Internet-connected devices in our future for years now. We may dispute the number, but it is clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) will produce a colossal amount of data.

Our social networks collect masses of data and so do the sensor networks that blanket our cities and everywhere else—from outer space down to our personal items. Before we can even figure out how huge data can translate to information, via context, people are already declaring a state of surveillance capitalism running our lives. The question of privacy looms large. Is it hypocrisy? What would happen if big data were open data?

About Alicia Asin (Libelium):
Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware provider, creators of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, wireless sensor networks and IoT.

Alicia is recognized for achievements in business and technology: she was named best business manager in Foreign Trade (ADEA 2011); she was awarded the highest recognition for her paper on Computer Architecture (WCAE 2007, San Diego). Alicia is the first woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneur Award at the 2014 meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Dim...

Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center, University of Zaragoza, and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE.
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De Spiraal omlaag - Follow the Money

De Spiraal omlaag - Follow the Money | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Senator professor Kees de Lange maakt zich grote zorgen over het beleid van de Nederlandse regering ten aanzien van 'Europa'. In deze bijdrage legt hij uit waar volgens hem de knel- én verbeterpunten zitten.

Elk jaar houdt de Eerste Kamer de Algemene Financiële Beschouwingen. Op 18 november was het weer zo ver. Natuurlijk zou men langdurig kunnen ingaan op allerlei kruimels uit de Miljoenennota. Omdat de financieel-economische en monetaire problemen ons over de schoenen lopen, kijk ik juist op deze gebieden liever naar waar we vorig jaar stonden en waar we nu staan. Een debat op hoofdlijnen dus. En om maar met de deur in huis te vallen: op hoofdlijnen is Nederland faliekant op de verkeerde weg. Nog steeds en steeds meer. Die stelling verdient uiteraard onderbouwing.

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Absoluut knap: met open ogen, bij je volle verstand de ondergang tegemoet(...)

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From concrete to telepathy: how to build future cities as if people mattered

From concrete to telepathy: how to build future cities as if people mattered | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
(I was honoured to be asked to speak at TEDxBrum in my home city of Birmingham this weekend. The theme of the event was “DIY” – “the method of building, modifying or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals”. In other words, how Birmingham’s people, communities and businesses can make their home a better place. This is a rough transcript of my talk).

What might I, a middle-aged, white man paid by a multi-national corporation to be an expert in cities and technology, have to say to Europe’s youngest city, and one of its most ethnically and nationally diverse, about how it should re-create itself “without the aid of experts or professionals”?

Perhaps I could try to claim that I can offer the perspective of one of the world’s earliest “digital natives”. In 1980, at the age of ten, my father bought me one of the world’s first personal computers, a Tandy TRS 80, and taught me how to programme it using “machine code“.

But about two years ago, whilst walking through London to give a talk at a networking event, I was reminded of just how much the world has changed since my childhood.

I found myself walking along Wardour St. in Soho, just off Oxford St., and past a small alley called St. Anne’s Court which brought back tremendous memories for me. In the 1980s I spent all of the money I earned washing pots in a local restaurant in Winchester to travel by train to London every weekend and visit a small shop in a basement in St. Anne’s Court.

I’ve told this story in conference speeches a few times now, perhaps to a total audience of a couple of thousand people. Only once has someone been able to answer the question:

“What was the significance of St. Anne’s Court to the music scene in the UK in the 1980s?”

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Linden Lab explores VR for its next-generation virtual world (interview)

Linden Lab explores VR for its next-generation virtual world (interview) | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Under new CEO Ebbe Altberg, the company is working on its successor to Second Life.

Linden Lab has been around forever, and Ebbe Altberg, the new chief executive of the publisher of the Second Life virtual world, has a tough task ahead of him. The company is in the middle of pivoting away from its last pivot. It is doing so by doubling down on Second Life and its next-generation experience, as well as the Blocksworld creativity app. All of its other properties are either being shut down or sold off.

Altberg decided that it was best for Linden Lab to use its resources to re-invest in Second Life and to focus on making its next-generation virtual world. The other apps were aimed at extending the creativity expressed by fans of Second Life beyond the virtual world to the mobile world. But none of them except Blocksworld had both the traction, talent, and resources to really hit a growth curve. Altberg’s teams have been exploring virtual reality goggles, such as the Oculus Rift, to view the worlds that the company is creating. Second Life is still enormously successful, Altberg said, but it was originally launched in 2003, and now he wants to expand its appeal through new technologies.

We recently sat down with Altberg for an interview, where he showed us a demo of Second Life working with the Oculus Rift. That’s just a taste of things to come, he said. Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation.

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Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands

Bike path inspired by Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' opens in Netherlands | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
An artist in the Netherlands has created a brilliant tribute to Vincent van Gogh -- a bike path that glows in the dark.

Inspired by the famed Dutch painter's "Starry Night" work, artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Heijmans Infrastructure to create the 1-kilometer-long Van Gogh-Roosegaarde cycle path, which opened in the city of Eindhoven on November 13.

The path is illuminated by thousands of twinkling stones that feature glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LED lights.

"I wanted to create a place that people will experience in a special way, the technical combined with experience, that's what techno-poetry means to me," said Roosegaarde in a statement.

This isn't the first time Roosegaarde has teamed up with construction-services business Heijmans.

The collaborators have also been working on a series of "Smart Highways," a concept that combines light, energy and road signs that react according to the present traffic situation.

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Fons van der Ham neemt afscheid van WTC Almere. ‘Connecting People and Ideas’

Fons van der Ham neemt afscheid van WTC Almere. ‘Connecting People and Ideas’ | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Fons van der Ham neemt per 31 december 2014 afscheid van het World Trade Center Almere. “Mijn klus zit er hier op”, zegt Van der Ham. “De structuur van de organisatie staat. Het wordt nu tijd voor iemand die sterk is op het verder uitwerken van de hospitality- en horecakant. Daar ben ik minder geschikt voor.”

Aan het prikbord op het kantoor van Van der Ham hangt een oude voorpagina van Almere zaken. ‘Toekomst WTC nu echt begonnen’, luidt de kop van het artikel. “Dat was een artikel van vorig jaar”, zegt Van der Ham. “We hadden toen heel roerige tijden achter de rug. Dit laatste jaar hebben we eindelijk positieve ontwikkelingen kunnen doorvoeren. Het is nu tijd voor de volgende stap.”
Van der Ham kwam in 2005 naar het WTC en fungeerde als een soort bouwmeester voor het pand dat nu met 120 meter het hoogste pand van Almere is. “Op dat moment was het WTC nog gevestigd in het Alnovum en zat de organisatie in een moeilijke fase. Feitelijk reed het WTC de ondernemersvereniging VBA in de wielen. Voor mij was het duidelijk dat het WTC zich vooral op de internationalisering moest gaan richten. Op 3 oktober 2006 werd ik voorzitter van de organisatie die toen WTCAA (World Trade Center Almere Area) gedoopt werd. Er werd begonnen aan de bouw van de wolkenkrabber. Twee jaar later viel het doek voor de Amerikaanse bank Lehmann Brothers en was de kredietcrisis een feit. Dat had ook gevolgen voor de toenmalige eigenaar van de wolkenkrabber die we inmiddels aan het bouwen waren; zij konden een faillissement niet voorkomen. Tóch hebben we toen besloten om door te gaan, juist omdat we een rotsvast geloof hadden dat het WTC Almere economisch gezien verder zou kunnen helpen. Natuurlijk, het pand stond voor een groot deel leeg, maar er kwam een nieuwe eigenaar die de positieve visie en koers deelde en ging investeren in het WTC. Daarom begon de toekomst van het WTC feitelijk vorig jaar pas.”

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Mag ik zeggen, ja dat mag ik, dat ik denk dat dit hele 'WTC project' louter subsidiegeld kapot geslagen heeft? Dat er in werkelijkheid niet een steen op een andere is gezet, en dat nu de schuldigen daaraan het zinkende schip verlaten(...). Kijk, en dat valt mij dan weer vies tegen van de journalist Marcel Beijer, die het toch maar even presteert hier dit leugenachtige artikeltje te plaatsen.

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Dan Hill on the positives and negatives of using data to manage cities

Dan Hill on the positives and negatives of using data to manage cities | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

Opinion: from Chicago's rat problem to transport startups like Bridj and Uber, data is being used to predict behaviour and manage our cities. But the idea of the "Predictive City" should be treated with a healthy dose of scepticism, argues Dan Hill.

John Lanchester tells a story in How to Speak Money – a book I recommend to any designer or architect wishing to understand the context their work is produced in — about the way Ancient Egypt worked. In short, everything hinged on the annual inundation of the Nile flood plain: the society itself, arguably the most stable the world has ever seen, its cultural artefacts, such as their calendar, their understanding of seasons, their taxation system, and of course their agricultural cycles — all were directly linked to the Nile's flood. The priesthood of Egyptian society, drawing from rich mythologies, performed complex rituals to divine the nature of the flood, and thus the harvest, each year.

But Lanchester reveals how the priests actually did it: they were cheating. Unbeknownst to the population, they had a Nilometer, a device to predict the level of flood water. Based on measuring stations secreted in temples, the Nilometer captured the flow of the river, plotted it against various markers and – combined with flood records dating back centuries – enabled relatively accurate predictions of that year's harvest. Lanchester suggests "the Nilometer was an essential tool for control of Egypt. It had to be kept secret by the ruling class and institutions, because it was a central component of their authority."


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Regiojournalistiek voldoet niet aan haar eigen kwaliteitsmaatstaven

Regiojournalistiek voldoet niet aan haar eigen kwaliteitsmaatstaven | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Editieredacties van regionale dagbladen produceren weinig verrassend nieuws, ze putten uit een beperkte kring van nieuwsbronnen, en staan verder af van de lezer dan ze zelf zeggen. Dat concludeert communicatiewetenschapper Kees Buijs.

Oud-journalist Kees Buijs volgde wekenlang het proces van nieuwsselectie en nieuwsgaring op de redacties van drie regionale kranten en zocht naar antwoorden op de volgende vragen: agendeert de redactie eigen nieuws? Kiest ze eigen invalshoeken? Komt ze met eigen verhalen? Welke mensen komen aan het woord? En houdt ze rekening met de lezer?

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In Flevoland / Almere is er van alles mis met de nieuwsvoorziening. Ik heb dit onderzoek van Kees Buijs (nog) niet gelezen, maar ik ga ervan uit dat hij met zijn uitspraken zeker ook redacties van de regionale omroepen bedoelt. Mijn perceptie van de nieuwsmakers in Almere heb ik in een MindMap gegoten om een beter inzicht te krijgen. Zie: http://media.almere.cc/map.htm    

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Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review

Second Life Creator Philip Rosedale Is Building a Virtual World Where Your Avatar Mirrors Your Facial Expressions | MIT Technology Review | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
The inventor of Second Life has spent 15 years chasing the dream of living in virtual space. Can his new company finally give virtual worlds mass-market appeal?

Philip Rosedale is telling me about his new company, but I can’t stop myself from looking down at my hands. With palms up, I watch with fascination as I slowly wiggle my fingers and form the “OK” sign. I curl my hands into fists as I reach my arms out in front. They look pinker than normal but work as usual. When I look back up at Rosedale, he’s wearing a smile, and his eyebrows rise slightly. “Isn’t it cool?” he says. In my right ear, I hear a quiet chuckle from one of his colleagues, Ryan Karpf, standing just outside my vision.

It is cool, because nothing that I’m seeing is real. Though our conversation appears to be happening in a tastefully lit club, I am actually sitting in front of a laptop in a San Francisco office wearing a virtual-reality headset and headphones. I’m trying out a new platform for virtual worlds in development by Rosedale’s startup, High Fidelity.

When I put on the virtual-reality goggles, I saw the view from my avatar’s eyes; as I moved my head, motion sensors in the goggles controlled the movements of the avatar’s head. Moving my hands in the real world controlled the avatar’s hands, thanks to an infrared motion sensor mounted on the front of the headset.

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Chicago And Big Data

Chicago And Big Data | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it

As a civilization, we may not be getting smarter. However, the technologies we use certainly are. Since the introduction of the smartphone, we’ve witnessed the emergence of smart homes, smart power grids, and even smart football stadiums for helping fans find parking spaces. Lately, the trend has been to go big. Infrastructure applications are ever increasing in size and scope for transmitting, collecting, and processing big data in an effort to better understand and navigate our surroundings.

Examples of scalability with regard to smart technology now include “smart cities” like Chicago. It appears that the third largest city in the United States will become a leading model for collecting and managing big data from sensor nodes and cell phones throughout the area.

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Are smart cities really that smart?

Are smart cities really that smart? | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
How does the citizen fit in?

We know that cities are a mess, but they can't – and shouldn't be – tidied up by smart cities and data systems.

The term ‘smart cities’ has come to dominate how the cities of the future are envisioned and described by policy makers, urban planners and technology suppliers. They see the cities of the future as global and strategic, able to operate a seamless platform of infrastructure and services built on a substrate of pervasive technology that can sense and control the environment. The pursuit of automation in decision-making is feeding the fetish for city data acquired in real time to manage all aspects of urban living, including energy, waste, transport, education, law and order and more recently citizenship and governance.

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Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt

Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Tien manieren waarop de Financial Times de redactie vernieuwt, Tips van Lisa MacLeod. Tijdens de dertiende International Newsroom Summit die WAN-IFRA afgelopen week in Amsterdam organiseerde, gaf Lisa MacLeod tips om redacties mee te vernieuwen en digitaliseren, op basis van haar eigen ervaringen bij de Financial Times.

1. Digitale competenties
Na een inventarisatie van de digitale competenties op de redacties van de Financial Times (FT), is een trainingsprogramma voor journalisten opgezet. Het resultaat: een programma met 20 digitale competenties die iedereen moet hebben, waarmee de digitale journalist geschapen kan worden.

2. Datajournalistiek: begin bij het begin
Datajournalistiek lijkt steeds belangrijker te worden, maar veel journalisten hebben er eigenlijk nooit mee gewerkt. “Veel mensen blijken zelfs nog nooit met een spreadsheet gewerkt te hebben,” vertelt MacLeod. Laat ze daarom bij het begin beginnen, is haar advies. Leer journalisten eerst de basisprincipes van het web: taggen, hoe hyperlinks werken en de belangrijkste online regelgeving.

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10 Ways the Next Ten Years are Going to be Mind-Blowing

10 Ways the Next Ten Years are Going to be Mind-Blowing | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Discover the amazing technological and scientific breakthroughs humans are likely to make in just the next ten years.

It’s hard to wait for the future to get here and give us all the amazing things we’ve dreamed up in our countless sci-fi books and movies (I’m still waiting for the hover-boards Back to the Future promised me). Though much of what we’ve seen on the big screen is still decades or millennia away… or straight up impossible by our current understanding of the universe, there are several sci-fi level technological and scientific advances we’re likely to see in just the next decade.

Blogger Jordan Lejuwaan over at High Existence has compiled a list of ten such advances to look forward to in the not-to-distant future:

We are living in an extremely exciting time in terms of science and technology. Things that have always been considered science fiction are becoming normal day-to-day components of our lives. And while we have been seeing invention after breakthrough over and over in the last couple of decades, this next ten years is going to blow everything else out of the water.

The awesome thing about all these scientific discoveries it that they create technology that allows us to make more breakthroughs even faster. Our ability to innovate is increasing exponentially as the years go by. To give you an idea of the magnitude of this reality, here are 10 amazing innovations to different sectors of life. They should give you a pretty good idea of what changes will be made by 2020.

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The 15 most hackable and terrifying things (infographic)

The 15 most hackable and terrifying things (infographic) | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
We are only at the dawn of the internet of things (IoT) where a multitude of wireless devices will present a hacker’s paradise. But the scary reality is that in today's world it is existing devices we need to be worried about.

A new infographic from Web Hosting Buzz presents some chilling scenarios for today’s technologies based on threats ranging from surveillance and theft to technology crashes.

The threats range from hacking home appliances from baby monitors to smart fridges to hotel rooms and even airplnes and nuclear reactors. Earlier this year hackers compromised 100,000 smart household appliances, using them to send 750,000 spam emails.

In April a US couple awoke to the sound of a man shouting “wake up baby” through their wireless baby monitor.

Just this summer a security consultant using an iPad was able to gain control over lights, temperatures and blinds for 200 rooms at a hotel in China.


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Pakhuis de Zwijger - Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms

Pakhuis de Zwijger - Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms | Almere Smart City | Scoop.it
Buurtcommunities #6: Online platforms. Welke online platforms helpen je bij het maken van je buurt?

Wanneer je op zoek bent naar onderlinge hulp en zorg in de buurt, wilt weten waar je buren warm voor lopen, of meer met elkaar wil delen, dan kan je tegenwoordig kiezen uit een overvloed aan online platforms en prikborden: mijnbuurtjecroqqerbuuvburennetwerkwehelpenwijkconnect,voorjebuurtBUURbook en nog een hoop meer. Sommige platforms richten zich op het organiseren en versterken van buurtcommunities, andere op het matchen van individuele (hulp)vraag en aanbod. Hoe ontwikkel je als buurtcommunity een levendig online ontmoetingsplatform? Wanneer werkt zo’n online platform het beste? En wat moet je ervoor over hebben aan tijd en geld? Waar ben jij zelf naar op zoek, als communitybuilder, hoe ziet jouw ideale online platform eruit?

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