Peeple wants you to rate your friends, enemies and exes on a five-point scale for everyone to see. If you don't like it, you can't opt out.
You can already rate restaurants, hotels, movies, college classes, government agencies and bowel movements online.
So the most surprising thing about Peeple — basically Yelp, but for humans — may be the fact that no one has yet had the gall to launch something like it.
When the app does launch, probably in late November, you will be able to assign reviews and one- to five-star ratings to everyone you know: your exes, your co-workers, the old guy who lives next door. You can’t opt out — once someone puts your name in the Peeple system, it’s there unless you violate the site’s terms of service. And you can’t delete bad or biased reviews — that would defeat the whole purpose....
Today, a new wave of rapid global urbanization in the Global South, combined with the need to curb carbon emissions in the cities of the Global North, is driving renewed interest in the city as an object of scientific inquiry and engineering design. New institutions to pursue this agenda are appearing on an almost daily basis. And much like a century ago, they are leveraging and nurturing collaborations amongst new talent from many different fields of study and practice – who see in cities questions of great complexity.
The big question this project seeks to address then is – what happens next for urban studies, and what does it mean for the way we build, manage and live in cities? Are we at a new inflection point, like the birth of planning itself in the early 20th century? What might come out the other side of this historic process – a completely new field, a dramatically changed one, or a continuation of the status quo?
Recent Research & Whitepapers The cybersecurity of a smart city involves both strategic planning for future cities and the recognition of issues in cities that already have ’smart’ components. Recent research undertaken by participants and partners of the Securing Smart Cities (SSC) initiative is made freely available to help prevent security errors when implementing and exploiting smart technologies in modern cities. Knowledge is power. To make your city cyber-safe, here you can find articles, whitepapers and other materials prepared by SSC participants and partners that offer a practical approach to the security of smart cities. ....
It is important to understand the inter-related megatrends that accompany urban growth. To do so requires monitoring and tracking the complex issues involved, including migration, labor, employment, income, transport, health, education and public infrastructure.
Big data can be a very useful tool in this exercise, which is the focus of our new report titled “East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth.” It uses satellite imagery and geospatial mapping of the region’s urbanization in the first decade of the 21st Century.
Defining urban areas as those with a population of at least 100,000 inhabitants, this report uses comparable data - on an international scale - to track the expansion of 869 cities and its links with key socio-economic trends. ...
Most people think that cities need dramatically more infrastructure. They may not need it. See how the growth of mobile devices and creative solutions have the potential to help cities stretch what they already have.
Stories about government data and historical records being deleted, burned—even tossed into Dumpsters—have become so common in recent years that many Canadians may feel inured to them. But such accounts are only the tip of a rapidly melting iceberg. A months-long Maclean’s investigation, which includes interviews with dozens of academics, scientists, statisticians, economists and librarians, has found that the federal government’s “austerity” program, which resulted in staff cuts and library closures (16 libraries since 2012)—as well as arbitrary changes to policy, when it comes to data—has led to a systematic erosion of government records far deeper than most realize, with the data and data-gathering capability we do have severely compromised as a result ...
With everything from televisions to smart meters now connecting to the expanding Internet of Things, Mike King, supervisor at WhiteHat Security’s Threat Research Centre, looks into the biggest conspiracy theories surrounding this technology movement.
Stepping off a curb in Manhattan can be a frightening experience: buzzing cabs, fast buses, hoards of tourists. But the Department of Transportation and New York City are investing in technology that might make it a slightly less terrifying one.
Today, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced a new pilot program that will give up to $42 million to the city, along with Tampa and the state of Wyoming, to invest in technology that lets vehicles talk to one another and to their surroundings in order to reduce congestion, prevent accidents, and cut emissions. The hope is that such technology might help slash the unimpaired vehicle crash rate by as much as 80 percent.
The "vehicle to vehicle" and "vehicle to infrastructure" technology in question could be a dramatic step forward for safety on the roads. ...
The taxi app faces many obstacles to its plans for city transport, making its battles with existing cab services merely the beginning.
It’s been a busy summer for Uber. In San Francisco, the app-based transportation service and world’s richest startup is testing on-demand mass transit with its Smart Routes offering – essentially carpools running bus-like routes. Elsewhere, Uber is expanding into China, raising $1.2bn to back a push into 100 Chinese cities over the next year. ...
The messiness of politics and the vulnerability of the Internet of Things in one big, unwieldy package.
It's no secret that Internet of Things devices like Nest smart meters and Fitbits are behind the curve on information security -- lax encryption and access control standards for both wireless network and data security, for starters. So what about when IoT devices run a "smart city," and the public water system, power grid, waste management, traffic control, street lighting, public transportation, and physical security systems are all as vulnerable as that Fitbit on your wrist?
"Most cities around the world are unprotected to cyber attacks," says Cesar Cerrudo, CTO of IOActive. ...
Sometimes there’s a little crack in the web that is just big enough to catch a glimpse of who the robots running the show think you are.
You might deduce, for example, that the tracking software that watches you browse has figured out you’re shopping for a Halloween costume. Lo and behold, ads for gorilla suits and fairy wings start popping up in the margins of every other website you visit. Or maybe you just rewatched a bunch of Twilight Zone episodes on Netflix. It makes sense that the site then recommends Black Mirror and Quantum Leap.
But much of the time, there’s no way to tell why information is filtered the way it is online. Why is one person’s status update on Facebook prioritized in your News Feed over another’s? Why does Google return a different order of search results for you than for the person sitting next to you, googling the same thing? ...
NEW YORK CITY — General Electric is planning to bring "intelligent lamp posts" that take photos and collect data on driving patterns to New York City, a company representative said.
The company is in discussions with the Department of Transportation to introduce the smart LED street lights that turn the typical urban lamp post into a data-collection tool aimed at improving city life and saving money.
They've already been piloted in two other U.S. cities.
"We are re-envisioning the streetlight," said Jason Whittet, a director at GE's Intelligent Cities program who spoke to Community Board 7 members Thursday.
There was a simple plan at the heart of the top-secret program: Record the website browsing habits of “every visible user on the Internet.
Before long, billions of digital records about ordinary people’s online activities were being stored every day. Among them were details cataloging visits to porn, social media and news websites, search engines, chat forums, and blogs.
The mass surveillance operation — code-named KARMA POLICE — was launched by British spies about seven years ago without any public debate or scrutiny. It was just one part of a giant global Internet spying apparatus built by the United Kingdom’s electronic eavesdropping agency, Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. ....
The economic changes being driven by tech firms like Uber could mean the end of employment law as we know it.
Silicon Valley might have the world’s biggest reserves of chutzpah and arrogance, but could it also be laying the foundations of the new economic order? This seems to be the growing consensus among both its critics and cheerleaders; the disagreement is over what kind of order this will prove to be. ...
What I do know, however – and I thank him for this – is that Snowden helped bring the discussion of big data privacy and security to the public square – and not just the American public square, but the global one as well. This is a good thing because in this era of big data, not to mention the Internet of Things, we can no longer relegate this discussion to the privacy freaks and security geeks in the back room. It’s a discussion in which we all should participate.
To understand it better, let’s take a brief look at some of the privacy and security issues in the context of the (big) data lifecycle. ...
Some utilities don’t have enough water, some have too much, others struggle to get it where it needs to go. Learn how more are turning to sensors and real-time analytics to solve a wide range of problems.
Big data has been variously defined in the literature. In the main, definitions suggest that big data are those that possess a suite of key traits: volume, velocity and variety (the 3Vs), but also exhaustivity, resolution, indexicality, relationality, extensionality and scalability. However, these definitions lack ontological clarity, with the term acting as an amorphous, catch-all label for a wide selection of data. In this paper, we consider the question ‘what makes big data, big data?’, applying Kitchin’s (2013, 2014) taxonomy of seven big data traits to 26 datasets drawn from seven domains, each of which is considered in the literature to constitute big data. The results demonstrate that only a handful of datasets possess all seven traits, and some do not possess either volume and/or variety. Instead, there are multiple forms of big data. Our analysis reveals that the key definitional boundary markers are the traits of velocity and exhaustivity. We contend that big data as an analytical category needs to be unpacked, with the genus of big data further delineated and its various species identified. It is only through such ontological work that we will gain conceptual clarity about what constitutes big data, formulate how best to make sense of it, and identify how it might be best used to make sense of the world.
The University of Chicago announced Sept. 14 that the National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.1 million grant to support the development of Array of Things, an urban sensing instrument that will serve as a fitness tracker for the city. Starting next year, 500 Array of Things nodes will measure data on Chicago’s environment, infrastructure and activity to scientifically investigate solutions to urban challenges ranging from air quality to urban flooding. The ultimate goal of this innovative community technology platform is to help make cities cleaner, healthier and more livable. - See more at: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2015/09/14/national-science-foundation-awards-31-million-array-things-project#sthash.PsOV6yEu.dpuf
Today, the Administration is announcing a new “Smart Cities” Initiative that will invest over $160 million in federal research and leverage more than 25 new technology collaborations to help local communities tackle key challenges such as reducing traffic congestion, fighting crime, fostering economic growth, managing the effects of a changing climate, and improving the delivery of city services. The new initiative is part of this Administration’s overall commitment to target federal resources to meet local needs and support community-led solutions. ...
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