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Does Big Data Have Us 'Fooled by Randomness'? | MV

Does Big Data Have Us 'Fooled by Randomness'? | MV | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Being surrounded by data makes it easy to see the noise rather than the signal, and the trees rather than the forest. Nassim Nicholas Taleb achieved notoriety with several books written before the housing crisis, criticizing the financial industry for putting so much faith in its predictions. He argued in Fooled by Randomness that there are problems with our attempts to understand the past, and even larger issues when we use it to predict the future. Those criticisms turned out to be justified.

"Big data" is allowing more industries to try their hand at fortunetelling. With social media and portable devices, we can watch society just like traders watch the stock market. People can be measured, quantified, modeled. As we enter this brave new world, it’s worth considering some of Taleb’s points and seeing how they might apply to big data. ...

 

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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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Hamburg at forefront of global drive to reverse privatisation of city services | Guardian

Hamburg at forefront of global drive to reverse privatisation of city services | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
How to build a fairer city: German municipality to buy back utility grids after referendum vote to end private ownership of power, gas and water networks
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The Secret Life of Passwords | NY Times

The Secret Life of Passwords | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
We despise them – yet we imbue them with our hopes and dreams, our dearest memories, our deepest meanings. They unlock much more than our accounts.
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Barcelona’s Smart City Ecosystem: A big investment in data-driven city management starts to pay off | MIT Technology Review

Barcelona’s Smart City Ecosystem: A big investment in data-driven city management starts to pay off | MIT Technology Review | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Gardeners making their rounds through Barcelona’s Parc del Centre del Poblenou these days are as likely to carry tablets as trowels. The city recently moved 178 of its irrigation points to an Internet-controlled system. While it is handy to manage watering at the keyboard instead of turning a knob on a pipe, much of the advantage is in the data that the new system sends back to a central software system the city has built. ....

 

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This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time | WIRED

This Wearable Detects Pollution to Build Air Quality Maps in Real Time | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Clarity is a small, keychain-sized wearable air pollution sensor aimed at tracking air quality in badly polluted places, like China.
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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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The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras by James Bridle

The Nor » All Cameras Are Police Cameras by James Bridle | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

On the morning of Thursday, 30th October 2014, I set out to walk the perimeter of the London Congestion Charge Zone, a journey of some twelve miles around the centre of the city. I began at King’s Cross, and walked widdershins, down the Euston Road towards Paddington. At its Western end, the Zone’s edge turns down Edgware Road, runs down Park Lane, Grosvenor Place, and Vauxhall Bridge Road, before changing course again across the river towards Elephant & Castle, Tower Bridge, Spitalfields, Shoreditch, and returns to Kings Cross once more by City Road.

 

For reasons that will become clear, I did not complete this walk within the day. I did however document the portion which I undertook – roughly, half of the total – in the form of 427 photos of surveillance cameras. I photographed every camera which I saw, which could see me (consider this a gross underestimation of the total). You can explore all of these photographs at Flickr, and this interactive map.

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Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums | Sci Dev Net

Don’t forget ethics when mapping uncharted slums | Sci Dev Net | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The Missing Maps Project, founded by a consortium including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), aims to develop basic maps of slums and other unmapped areas in the developing world to reveal infrastructure gaps and the source of diseases. The idea is to do this using information crowdsourced from local people.  But are ethics being given enough thought?

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Cork: Rebel county, smart city | CityMetric

Cork: Rebel county, smart city | CityMetric | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Everyone’s getting excited about smart cities these days. Often planned from scratch, these ultra-modern metropolises bristle with the latest innovations in technology: environmentally friendly buildings and infrastructure; computers that control many aspects of urban dwelling; wi-fi as ubiquitous as oxygen. The UAE and South Korea already have their own smart cities; China and India aren’t far behind. In Europe, meanwhile, the concept is taking hold and influencing the redevelopment of existing

 

But policy advisor and nation brand strategist Simon Anholt thinks all this smart city stuff is a waste of time. “It’s boring,” he says. “It’s the sort of discussion that may mean something to architects, planners or consultants but I’m sure conveys very little to most people who live in or visit cities.”

That might be why planners in the Irish city of Cork are trying something different. They liked the idea of the city being known as “smart”, but wanted to develop its reputation in a more lasting way. So instead of going for the hi-tech, impersonal route, they’re trying to build on the city’s existing assets – and take the meaning of "smart" in a different, more human direction.

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