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No Prediction Error - Your Zip Code and Last Two Transactions Will Nail Who You Are ...

No Prediction Error - Your Zip Code and Last Two Transactions Will Nail Who You Are ... | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Why do merchants sometimes ask us for our ZIP code when we buy something? ...

 

In one of their brochures, direct marketing services company Harte-Hanks describes the GeoCapture service they offer retail businesses as follows: “Users simply capture name from the credit card swipe and request a customer’s ZIP code during the transaction. GeoCapture matches the collected information to a comprehensive consumer database to return an address.”  In a promotional brochure, they claim accuracy rates as high as 100%.

 

Fair Isaac Corp., a company best known for its FICO credit scores, also offers a similar service which they say can boost direct marketing efforts by as much as 400%. “FICO Contact Builder helps you overcome the common challenges of gathering contact information from shoppers—such as complicating or jeopardizing the sales process by asking for an address or phone number, or complying with regulations,” it says. “It requires minimal customer information captured at point-of-sale, just customer name or telephone number and the customer or store ZIP code.” ...


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Smart cities sector to launch new Smarter UK trade body | Business Green

Smart cities sector to launch new Smarter UK trade body | Business Green | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

he nascent smart cities sector is to get its own trade association with the launch later this month of SmarterUK, a new body dedicated to promoting the emerging industry.

The body, which will incorporate the existing SmartGrid GB stakeholder group, will be chaired by former Conservative MP Dan Byles, who was recently appointed as vice president for corporate development at smart city software specialist Living PlanIT. ....

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Cities get smart: the digital future of the public sector | Guardian

Cities get smart: the digital future of the public sector | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Architect and urban theorist William Mitchell, the former dean of MIT’s school of architecture and planning, had a phrase he liked to repeat that conveyed his idea about the new age of connectedness and digitization set to remake cities into more transparent, efficient and responsive organizations. 

 

Buildings and cities are getting nervous system ...

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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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How Big Data in Government Falls Dangerously Short of the Mark | GovTech

How Big Data in Government Falls Dangerously Short of the Mark | GovTech | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Data is the lifeblood of state government. It's the crucial commodity that's necessary to manage projects, avoid fraud, assess program performance, keep the books in balance and deliver services efficiently. But even as the trend toward greater reliance on data has accelerated over the past decades, the information itself has fallen dangerously short of the mark. Sometimes it doesn't exist at all. But worse than that, all too often it's just wrong. ...

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Uber, or: The technics and politics of socially corrosive mobility by Adam Greenfield

We can think of the propositions the so-called “smart city” is built on as belonging to three orders of visibility. The first is populated by exotica like adaptive sunshades, fully-automated supply and removal chains, and personal rapid transit (“podcar”) systems. These systems feature prominently in the smart city’s advertising, promotional renderings and sales presentations. They may or may not ever come into being — complex and expensive, they very often wind up value-engineered out of the final execution, or at least notionally deferred to some later phase of development — but by announcing that the urban plan in question is decidedly oriented toward futurity, they serve a valuable marketing and public-relations function. Whether or not they ever amount to anything other than what the technology industry calls “vaporware,” they are certainly highly visible, and can therefore readily be held up to consideration.....

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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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