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Can a city be too technological? Saskia Sassen at TED2013

Can a city be too technological?  Saskia Sassen at TED2013 | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Saskia Sassen thinks deeply about the world's cities, and she's on the TED stage to share some of her provocative theories about how we should think about urbanizing technology, that pervasive force that has impacted so much of the way in which we...
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Developing world gets city smart | SciDevNet

Developing world gets city smart | SciDevNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Could developing countries skip straight to having ‘smart’ cities kitted out with tech? Gareth Willmer finds out.
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Innovative Finance Models for Sustainable Cities of the Future | Meeting of the Minds

Innovative Finance Models for Sustainable Cities of the Future | Meeting of the Minds | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

City budget deficits are far from rare. San Jose, Chicago, Phoenix and Las Vegas are just a few examples of cities confronting likely shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year. A wave of cost-cutting, and in many cases conflicting, policy drivers awaits the sustainability champions of US cities.

 

With business starting to take sustainability seriously, not only is there a commercial opportunity in implementing city sustainability strategies, but also a ‘read-across’ in terms of public and private sector strategies. The key question is how to find effective models of financing that will meet the objectives of both public and private stakeholders when it comes to sustainable cities.....

 

 

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Traffic lights could be next big cyber attack threat [w/videos] | Autoblog

Traffic lights could be next big cyber attack threat [w/videos] | Autoblog | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Traffic lights and traffic-management systems might prove attrative targets for cyber attacks in coming years, a former defense department official warns.
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India: smart cities need smart governance | CityMetric

India: smart cities need smart governance | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, is a leader with an urban vision. Before becoming prime minister, he was chief minister of Gujarat, where he transformed the state capital Ahmedabad with an award-winning sustainable bus transit system and a “world-class” riverfront recreation space.

 

Today, Modi’s most ambitious projects in the region are two planned new “smart cities”: the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, and Dholera, an industrial hub on the Delhi-Mumbai corridor. Still in inception, these cities are at the heart of the new administration’s ambitious plan to transform the crumbling and chaotic image of Indian urbanisation by building a hundred new smart cities....

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Boris Johnson calls for drones to solve London congestion | Guardian

Boris Johnson calls for drones to solve London congestion | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Mayor urges financial technology sector to find solution to problem of growing number of online shopping delivery vans
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Smart Cities. Called "smart" but condemned to being stupid - Rem Koolhaas | METALOCUS

Smart Cities. Called "smart" but condemned to being stupid - Rem Koolhaas | METALOCUS | The Programmable 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.
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With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility: Toward a New Deal on Data | HBR

With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility: Toward a New Deal on Data | HBR | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Big data and the “internet of things”—in which everyday objects can send and receive data—promise revolutionary change to management and society. But their success rests on an assumption: that all the data being generated by internet companies and devices scattered across the planet belongs to the organizations collecting it. What if it doesn’t?

 

Alex “Sandy” Pentland, the Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT, suggests that companies don’t own the data, and that without rules defining who does, consumers will revolt, regulators will swoop down, and the internet of things will fail to reach its potential. To avoid this, Pentland has proposed a set of principles and practices to define the ownership of data and control its flow. He calls it the New Deal on Data. ...

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"We’ve set up some safe-harbor areas in Europe—cities that run by different rules than the rest of Europe. In Trento, Italy, hundreds of families are living with the New Deal on Data. They get notification and control of data generated about them. It’s securely shared in an auditable way. And guess what? These people share a lot more than people who don’t live under New Deal rules, because they trust the system and recognize the value in sharing. Being confident about your personal data makes for a better economy, not a worse one."

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Google's BIM-busting app for design and construction - aim <30-60% construct costs & construct time | BIM+I

Google's BIM-busting app for design and construction - aim <30-60% construct costs & construct time | BIM+I | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Flux, a 25 person, 2 year old company, the first — and so far only — startup to spin off of the semi-secret Google[x] research moonshot lab and incubator at Google dedicated to projects such as the driverless car and Google glass, has set out to automate the AEC industry. ...

 

In the report, the Google X team estimated that Genie could save 30-50% in prevailing construction costs and shorten the time from the start of planning to market by 30-60%. The Genie team estimated that the platform had the potential of generating $120 billion a year for Google ...

 

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This Twitter bot is a constant reminder of the brutality of slavery | Fusion

This Twitter bot is a constant reminder of the brutality of slavery | Fusion | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Programmers make all kinds of Twitter bots, little pieces of code that can interact on the service. Some of them distort images like Photoshop filters. Others tweet words from the dictionary, or mashup Kim Kardashian and Kierkegaard. That is to say, bots are usually toys or possibly pets made of software. They are meant to aid or amuse.

 

But not the bot that lives at @Every3Minutes, which has been tweeting at me every three minutes since I followed it.

 

Each tweet takes one of a few forms, though they all deliver the same haunting message. “In the antebellum American South — a person was just bought,” or “#OnThisDay in history — a person was just traded,” or “In the antebellum American South a black person’s child was just bought,” or “In the antebellum American South — someone just bought someone’s grandchild.” ...

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Are smart cities a bright idea for the Global South? by Robert Muggah | CIC

Are smart cities a bright idea for the Global South? by Robert Muggah | CIC | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart cities are very much a “developed world” concept. The hundred or so smart cities routinely featured in the global media are virtually all located in North America and Western Europe, with a sprinkling in East and Southeast Asia (see the map below). Smart cities are perceived by industry experts as a rapidly maturing market in the north. Not surprisingly, smart city champions are actively exploring new investment opportunities, especially in emerging markets and also lower income settings. They are keenly aware that almost 90 per cent of future population growth will be concentrated in Africa and Asia. ...

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Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market | SmartData Collective

Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market | SmartData Collective | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The European Commission is working hard on developing a competitive European Big Data market. Last week, as a result of this, the European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Here's my vision of how Europe can enable forward-looking, data-driven startups to unleash the vast potential of data.
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New technology for policing cities | Cities Today

New technology for policing cities | Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
While CCTV cameras can help detect criminals after the act, the latest technology can detect crimes as they happen and put law enforcement officers in place
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A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Guardian

A truly smart city is more than sensors big an all-seeing internet | Guardian | The Programmable 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
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Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review

Cities Look to Technology for Answers to Growing Challenges | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges.

 

Cities around the globe, whether rich or poor, are in the midst of a technology experiment. Urban planners are pulling data from inexpensive sensors mounted on traffic lights and park benches, and from mobile apps on citizens’ smartphones, to analyze how their cities really operate. They hope the data will reveal how to run their cities better and improve urban life. City leaders and technology experts say that managing the growing challenges of cities well and affordably will be close to impossible without smart technology. ...

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Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review

Google Glass Failed, but Here’s the Path Its Successors Will Take | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Even though Google’s head-worn computer is going nowhere, the technology is sure to march on.
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Crowd-sourcing, connectivity and citizen empowerment: the future of our cities | The Drum

Crowd-sourcing, connectivity and citizen empowerment: the future of our cities | The Drum | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Everybody wants their city to be better: from less dog poo in the streets and improved city transportation to a better economy. But how is a smarter city born? ...

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Smart City Expo 2014: Cities Take Over The Show, Jennifer Belissent, Forrester

Smart City Expo 2014: Cities Take Over The Show, Jennifer Belissent, Forrester | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Last week I participated in the 4th annual Smart City Expo – my 4th Smart City Expo.  I’ve always enjoyed the event as it is a well-balanced mix of technology vendors, academics across various disciplines and government practitioners – a refreshing change from many tech indust
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Smart Cities + Big, Infinite Data | Paul Doherty

Smart Cities + Big, Infinite Data | Paul Doherty | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
A Smart City is not a marketing campaign, a slick sales technique nor an amusing political catch phrase. It is a series of solutions to a serious and urgent situation the world faces today. Smart
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Terms of Service. A field guide to big data and privacy (graphic novella) | ZDNet

Terms of Service. A field guide to big data and privacy (graphic novella) | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
This entertaining and original publication explains the implications of sharing personal information in the era of big data analytics, through the medium of the graphic novella.
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Here's What Chinese Hackers Can Actually Do To The US Power Grid | Business Insider

Here's What Chinese Hackers Can Actually Do To The US Power Grid | Business Insider | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the risks posed by hackers to America’s critical infrastructure systems, with terms like “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and “cyber-9/11” being bandied about by government officials and other prominent figures.

 

Invariably, one of the worst scenarios often depicted by these cyberwar predictions is an attack on the US power grid that would cause a widespread blackout.

 

In his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on November 20th, NSA Director Adm. Michael Rogers went into some detail on those risks ....



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Automation Makes Us Dumb: Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution | WSJ

Automation Makes Us Dumb: Human intelligence is withering as computers do more, but there’s a solution | WSJ | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Artificial intelligence has arrived. Today’s computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. They don’t think the way we think—they’re still as mindless as toothpicks—but they can replicate many of our most prized intellectual talents. Dazzled by our brilliant new machines, we’ve been rushing to hand them all sorts of sophisticated jobs that we used to do ourselves.

 

But our growing reliance on computer automation may be exacting a high price. Worrisome evidence suggests that our own intelligence is withering as we become more dependent on the artificial variety. Rather than lifting us up, smart software seems to be dumbing us down....

 

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Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride | Guardian

Big, bad tech: how America’s digital capitalists are taking us all for a ride | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

John Naughton: The cab firm Uber is just one of many cynical internet giants in a sector that is now revealing its true nature.

 

One useful side-effect of the revelations that a senior executive of the cyber-minicab outfit Uber was caught musing about the attractions of hiring private investigators to dig up dirt on journalists who are critical of the company is that it has lifted the veil on what we might call digital capitalism. ...

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Won't necessarily follow Western practices in making smart cities: Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times

Won't necessarily follow Western practices in making smart cities: Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said India need not necessarily follow Western practices in building its own smart cities.
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City of the future sinks into the ocean | Telegraph

City of the future sinks into the ocean | Telegraph | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed
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World Council on City Data announce the addition of a further 100 global cities | Cities Today

World Council on City Data announce the addition of a further 100 global cities | Cities Today | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The World Council on City Data have announced that a further 100 global cities have signed expressions of interest and are already building the data sets
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