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Unstructured Data and the 80 Percent Rule | Clarabridge

t's a truism that 80 percent of business-relevant information originates in unstructured form, primarily text. The figure is very widely cited by analysts, vendors, and users alike, all seeking to make the case for text analytics. There are variations; Anant Jhingran of IBM Research, among others, cites an 85% figure. Whether 80 or 85 percent, the claim has clearly taken on a life of its own. It has been repeated many thousands of times. But for all of us who cite these figures: Where did they come from? More to the point, are they true, and are they useful? Let's explore these questions.

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Do cities need one more hackathon? | esteve almirall

Do cities need one more hackathon? | esteve almirall | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Over the past years European cities promoted lots of hackathons with the hope of fostering the development of city & civic apps. Hackathons have become a staple in cities’ policies with the ambition of promoting the development of a tech ecosystem.

 

However, very few startups graduated from this process and for the ones who did you can argue to what extend hackathons have been a decisive factor. Moreover, if we look at the apps that we have installed in our smartphones and we normally use, only very rarely we can find one resulting from this process. None is in the list of top 100 either.

 

Therefore, confronting results with the ambition it is hard to argue that we got far away with this strategy and it becomes pretty obvious that we have to rethink the whole process, because … it has not been working and it is not working. And in this case, it has not been that we didn’t try, we did and we did a lot. ...

 

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Urban Big Data: Where is the Signal in the Noise? | Planetizen

Urban Big Data: Where is the Signal in the Noise? | Planetizen | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Amid growing skepticism, an international gathering examines the useful benefits for an age of critical urban challenges.

 

The era of Big Data—of increasingly vast streams of information generated by people and their devices—is raising thorny questions for city planners.

  

To hear some boosters describe the benefits, you might suppose Big Data is about to unleash an unqualified urban renaissance. We've all heard the claims: Sensors will eliminate traffic jams and optimize energy demand. New mapping technologies will identify, and help to correct, urban problems no one could see before. Social media and crowdsourcing will target big and little problems, down to which potholes to fix—maybe even make governments work again. 

 

As these claims have inevitably failed to live up to their hype, a pronounced backlash has set in.  Big Data, and its cousin the Smart Cities movement, are both increasingly dismissed as fads and technology marketing schemes—and worse for some, examples of a too-reductionist science gone amok. The charges are worth considering....

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In New York City and Chicago, the smart city is here — and it's keeping track of everything

VIDEO: Cities are bigger, faster, smarter.
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Common language for smart cities - ABC of Sustainable Cities | Construction Europe

A common language is being sought to help with the move towards efficient, smart, resilient and sustainable cities, with an initiative to clarify the words and terms used.

 

Called the ABC of Sustainable Cities, the international glossary is being put together by UNEP (the United Nations Environment Programme) and FIDIC (the International Federation of Consulting Engineers) for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris known as COP21. This is set for December 2015. ...

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warns of coming 'internet of things' bubble (video/article) | Sydney Morning Herald

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak warns of coming 'internet of things' bubble (video/article) | Sydney Morning Herald | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has warned the burgeoning industry springing up around the so-called "internet of things" is already showing signs of being a bubble.
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John Presutti's curator insight, June 3, 6:52 AM

naysayer or sage?

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Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid? | Guardian

Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The emergence of hi-tech prototype cities is raising concerns that India’s new urban enclaves will override local laws and use surveillance to keep out the poor
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Forgive my misogynistic robot | Sydney Morning Herald

Forgive my misogynistic robot | Sydney Morning Herald | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

As robots become part of our everyday lives we will have to program them to make ethical decisions.

 

Will the household robot you buy in 15 years be a homophobe, misogynist or racist?

 

If you said "none of the above", ask yourself why we so often forgive these attitudes as "cultural" in some humans, yet if we were to choose a culture our machines should emulate, we'd surely eliminate intolerance.

 

We're approaching a watershed for our universal moral code, where our species will soon be forced to decide what constitutes our shared values because we'll have to program artificial general intelligence (AGI) to act upon them. ....

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Smart cities: Ssh! You're office building is trying to tell you something | The Wharf

Smart cities: Ssh! You're office building is trying to tell you something | The Wharf | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

A new generation of building systems want to turn dry stats and feedback into information that will guide you through the day.

 

Who doesn’t believe that the Internet Of Things will emerge as something like Simpatico, the hapless clunker of system that dogs the BBC in fictional documentary W1A?

 

The idea that real-world objects can be fitted with software and sensors that talk sensibly to each other seems a world away when we’re still untangling cables and trying to get our phones to synch with our laptops.

 

But at Canary Wharf Group’s Level39, “interoperability” is the dream, not the obstacle. At the finals of the Cognicity Challenge – the future city competition – there is a feeling that “building systems management” is about to reach beyond its cloistered realm into the real world. ....

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C-51: Crowdsourced report aims to stop Canada's slide into 'surveillance society' | CBC News

C-51: Crowdsourced report aims to stop Canada's slide into 'surveillance society' | CBC News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
With the government's controversial proposed anti-terror law set to be passed into law within weeks, some of Bill C-51's most outspoken critics are supporting a "pro-privacy action plan" that calls for an end to warrantless and mass surveillance and more independent oversight.
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Brighton: the seaside resort that wants to be the smartest digital city in England | Guardian

Brighton: the seaside resort that wants to be the smartest digital city in England | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Take the internet of things, add some creativity, some superfast broadband, and head to the seaside resort that’s become a poster child for digital innovation
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Nothing Special: Standards, Infrastructure, and Maintenance in the Great Age of American Innovation | blog.castac.org

Nothing Special: Standards, Infrastructure, and Maintenance in the Great Age of American Innovation | blog.castac.org | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Americans would rather dream about smart cities than throw money at maintaining existing infrastructure. ....

 

I understand the widespread fascination with self-driving cars and transhumanist adventures to outer space, and I recognize that these topics make for better clickbait and blockbuster films than tales of standardization and maintenance. I also understand why a book called The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution is a best-seller, but a book called The Maintainers: How a Group of Bureaucrats, Standards Engineers, and Introverts Made Infrastructures That Kind of Work Most of the Time is more likely to exist only as a parody.  ...

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Smart Cities: The Ultimate Surveillance Grid | KT Harris

Smart Cities: The Ultimate Surveillance Grid | KT Harris | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

With the implication of smart grid technology and smart meters comes the rising concern over privacy. Now we have smart cities. A metropolitan area under constant energy and data surveillance. A system that incorporates data from traffic lights, smart cars, smart meters for utilities and public transportation that could be cataloged and be invaluable data online.

The EU, has posted their plan,  version 3.0 of its European smart city plan in 2014, providing a listing of smart cities.

Extreme Tech paints an Orwellian depiction of a smart city ...

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‘Smart Cities’ are the Next Phase in the 21st Century Surveillance Grid | New Eastern Outlook

‘Smart Cities’ are the Next Phase in the 21st Century Surveillance Grid | New Eastern Outlook | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The century of ‘big data’ will be the century of unprecedented surveillance. The dream of tyrants down through history has been the total monitoring, control and management of the public, with the ability to predict…
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Smart City Projects in Brazil | Innovation House

Smart City Projects in Brazil | Innovation House | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Brazilian cities had unprecedented growth during the last decades, a phenomenon closely tied to the country’s booming economy. Large metropolitan centers such as state capitals Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo became the hubs for the most relevant companies in Brazil and the largest pockets of population, but also became affected by issues such as high crime rates, unreliable traffic flow and sudden rains that led to landslides and floods.

 

Over the last few years, these issues have been tackled by local governments through the use of technology, with smart city projects that placed Brazil at the forefront of urban planning in the world. ...

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Ana Paula Sena's curator insight, June 21, 2:50 PM

Cidades Inteligentes.

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Urban data school. Milton Keynes Smart City - Prof Gerd Kortuem - YouTube

Smart Sustainable Cities - Cleanweb London Prof Gerd Kortuem @Kortuem, Professor of Computing at the Open University MK:Smart is a £16 million smart city project ...

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Italy of Things: Smart home projects propelling €1.55bn Italian IoT market | ZDNet

Italy of Things: Smart home projects propelling €1.55bn Italian IoT market | ZDNet | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Italy's Internet of Things market is set to reach €1.55bn this year, with smart home products driving it forward.

 

"There are basically three fields which we see growing exponentially," Miragliotta said. "First of all, smart car applications: the GPS and GPRS boxes used by insurance companies to locate and keep track of vehicles' usage. There are currently almost 4.5 million connected cars on the road, or 12 percent of all cars out there."

 

Another sector with lots of potential, albeit one which currently represents only a small fraction of Internet of Things applications, is 'smart homes'. A survey of 1,000 homeowners found that 46 percent of respondents are willing to buy 'intelligent' products or services for their home in the near future. ...

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Smart cities data collection by Terrametrix - YouTube

Imagine a city with layers of intelligent 3d infrastructure information that helps you get from here to there seamlessly. A virtual environment with information managed by relevant agencies gathered to form a complete package which can then be selectively open to third-party application developers. One environment under one coordinate system … above and below ground….with metadata that is constantly updated and verified across all stakeholders accessible information in real time through augmented reality platforms both in the field and in the office.
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yStop's curator insight, June 7, 3:48 AM

yStop augments all your layered IoT. Look at the yPod comparator for more

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Dumb Bins to Smart Cities | HeadStuff

Dumb Bins to Smart Cities | HeadStuff | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
What obstacles lie in the way of Dublin as one of the world's Smart Cities? We went to Pint of Science to find out.
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The solar bins and lights are a good solution to a problem which Dr. Domhnaill Hernon from Bell Labs tackled at Pint of Science – Battery power. He told Pint of Science that the internet of things, while much discussed for many years now, hasn’t happened because the sensors require battery power.

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3 white collar jobs that robots are already mastering - pharmacy, law & journalism | PBS

3 white collar jobs that robots are already mastering - pharmacy, law & journalism | PBS | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen plenty of blue collar jobs outsourced to machines — from auto assembly to customer service. Now, as computers, equipped with artificial intelligence, increasingly take over “information jobs,” tasks that were once reserved for skilled, college-educated white collar professionals are vulnerable. That’s the argument made by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Martin Ford in a new book, “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.”

 

He spoke with us for a story that aired on Wednesday on the PBS NewsHour about the economic impact of artificial intelligence. It’s part of a series about the rapid advance of AI and how it’s affecting society.

 

We asked Ford to give us three examples of white collar jobs that are ripe for automation. Pharmacists, attorneys and one close to our hearts — journalists. All three of these professions have already been transformed in profound ways most of us may not even realize.

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Smartness Inc.: A critique of Indian smart cities movement by Ayona Datta | Open India

Smartness Inc.: A critique of Indian smart cities movement by Ayona Datta | Open India | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The powers behind India’s first ‘smart city’ tell us that “land is not an issue”. But with the neoliberalisation of space comes a disturbing transformation of citizenship via data and real estate.

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The state of our smart cities | Centre for Cities

The state of our smart cities | Centre for Cities | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

What our cities will look like in 50 or 100 years is a bit of an unknown – but one thing we can be pretty sure about is that information and data, new technology, and enhanced communications will sit at the heart of how governments, services, infrastructure, homes and businesses interact in future cities. This will, in part, be a realisation of what we tentatively already know: that there are significant potential benefits in finding ways to work more ‘smartly’. More efficient services can take the pressure off increasingly stretched public budgets; businesses can expand by competing for a slice of the smart cities export market (estimated by BIS to be worth $400 billion by 2020); and data and technology can provide new solutions to age-old challenges such as environmental sustainability and social integration. ...

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The Future of Smart Cities & Government - Richard van Hooijdonk

The Future of Smart Cities & Government - Richard van Hooijdonk | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Smart cities are going to be a brand new world, connecting all devices with the Internet of Things (IoT), managing traffic, residential buildings & offices.
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Indian School of Business prepares Smart City Maturity Model (SCMM) - The Economic Times

Indian School of Business prepares Smart City Maturity Model (SCMM) - The Economic Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
The 'Smart City Maturity Model' (SCMM) has been prepared to help Indian cities as well as states assess their progress and align their strategies in this regard, according to an ISB research paper.
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Bloomberg Philanthropies to serve as knowledge partner to help Indian govt select 'Smart Cities'

Bloomberg Philanthropies to serve as knowledge partner to help Indian govt select 'Smart Cities' | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Bloomberg Philanthropies will serve as a knowledge partner for Centre's 'Smart Cities Mission' by assisting the Union Ministry in picking the cities.
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