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How is the city translated into software and data, and how does software reshape the city?
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Are Smart Cities Really Smart? | Forbes

Are Smart Cities Really Smart? | Forbes | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

What exactly do we mean by smart city?

 

Trantor. If you ever read Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, you know what I’m talking about. An enormous metropolis, hyper-technological and hyper-connected (though the Internet had yet to be invented when the books were first published), relying on such a delicate equilibrium that, when the decline of the fictional galactical  Empire began, it soon became unmanageable. Yet, at its peak, Trantor must have been the ultimate realization of what we would now call a “smart city”, with its pros and cons. ...

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Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride | road.cc

Strava moves into 'big data' - London & Glasgow already signed up to find out where cyclists ride | road.cc | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Strava has moved into the 'big data' game with the launch of Strava Metro, which it says gives data providing “ground truth” on where people ride bikes or go running – and it is licensing the results to city authorities and advocacy groups, including in London and Glasgow. ...

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What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian

What makes a city a city - and does it really matter anyway? | Guardian | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In this dizzying world of tech cities, garden cities and smart cities, perhaps it's time to redefine what it means to be a city at all
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Dubai-based SmartCity keen on launching Kochi-like project in north India

Dubai-based SmartCity keen on launching Kochi-like project in north India | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

After starting work on its Rs 5,000 crore Kochi project, Dubai-based SmartCity India is keen on setting up a much larger facility that could spread up to 1,000 acres, preferably in north India.


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People and Machines in Tomorrow’s Smart City » Scenario Magazine

People and Machines in Tomorrow’s Smart City » Scenario Magazine | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The most important future development for cities happens in the interplay between ubiquitous computing, big data, and communication technology. We take a closer look at what the concept of smart cities covers and speak with two experts who know what opportunities await the future city and its citizens.

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Will modern smart cities become more intelligent, or just more vulnerable? | FedScoop

Will modern smart cities become more intelligent, or just more vulnerable? | FedScoop | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
In a few weeks, one of the most anticipated games to come out this year, Ubisoft's "Watch Dogs," will finally be released. The game has attracted attention far outside of traditional game-playing circles because of the unique vision it presents of a smart city in the very near future, in this case Chicago.
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Devices That Know How We Really Feel | NY Times

Devices That Know How We Really Feel | NY Times | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Admit it: Sometimes you just want to punch your PC, or slap your smartphone, or knock your notebook.

 

We all get riled by technology once in a while, with all those feeble batteries, endless updates and spinning wheels of death.

 

But what if our devices could see it coming? What if they could pick up the tics and tells of our brewing anger — or, for that matter, any other emotion — and respond accordingly?

 

Researchers are working toward equipping computers with sensors that can let them interpret users’ emotions and respond accordingly.

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CFP workshop: "The Smart City: Critical Perspectives", 7-8 Nov, Bangkok | Spaces & Flows

CFP workshop: "The Smart City: Critical Perspectives", 7-8 Nov, Bangkok  | Spaces & Flows | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Cities all over the world are following a development model based on the imaginary of the smart city: which are the challenges? What does it mean to be smart? The session wishes to explore alternative understandings and theories of urban smartness and to critically analyse ongoing experiences, practices and case studies with different disciplinary perspectives (geography, sociology, political science, planning, anthropology, etc.). ....

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Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?'

Stephen Hawking: 'Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence - but are we taking AI seriously enough?' | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
With the Hollywood blockbuster Transcendence playing in cinemas, with Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman showcasing clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake in history.
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Police use new tool to source crowds for evidence | AP

Police use new tool to source crowds for evidence | AP | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are employing a new crowdsourcing tool to help with a Southern California investigation into an annual party gone awry last month that left dozens of people injured including several police officers.

 

The new online and mobile app is called LEEDIR, and it can be activated after a major emergency to allow people to send pictures and videos from their smartphones to investigators. ...

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Can big data transform social justice? | CNN

Can big data transform social justice? | CNN | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Phillip Goff says tracking police stops and use of force may help us figure out how to reduce racial disparities.
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Critical infrastructure and Smart City network security | TRANSFORM

Critical infrastructure and Smart City network security | TRANSFORM | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Smart Cities will need to develop far more sophisticated and standardized security protocols in order to protect their citizens, systems, and data. This includes a comprehensive risk management and contingency operations plan in collaboration with leading software firms, dedicated security firms such as Cloudflare, F-Security, and Kaspersky Labs, as well as creating legal grey zones for so-called grey hat and black hat hackers to try to break Smart City security protocols and systems. Additionally, cities will have to carefully consider the types of network connectivity will be acceptable given the risk, likelihood, and impact of a malicious attack. For example, the system protocols for “dumb” infrastructure such as rubbish bins will not necessarily require the same level of security as those for traffic lights or the transmission grid. But even dumb infrastructure in a wires network provides a potential access point to other, more critical systems. ...

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Smart cities in Africa will serve the interests of African elites and foreign finance and construction companies rather than those of ordinary city dwellers | AllAfrica

Smart cities in Africa will serve the interests of African elites and foreign finance and construction companies rather than those of ordinary city dwellers | AllAfrica | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Urban planning experts are anxious that what they call “fantasy designs” for new African “smart cities” will serve the interests of African elites and foreign finance and construction companies rather than those of ordinary city dwellers across the continent....

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Forget Piketty -- Data Fascism Is the Bigger Threat | Forbes

A SPECTER IS HAUNTING American capitalism. No, it’s not a French economist. The chances that Thomas Piketty will get the 80% global income tax on CEO salaries that he’s advocating is, roughly, zero.

 

Rather, the specter is the ghost of Frederick Taylor, dressed up in the fashionable clothes of big data and predictive analytics. ...

 

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The London Underground Has Its Own Internet Of Things | Fast Company

The London Underground Has Its Own Internet Of Things | Fast Company | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Why the London Metro is wiring sensors and Wi-Fi into escalators, tunnels, and maintenance equipment.

 

The London Underground is one of the world’s oldest public transportation systems. Until recently, it was also an organizational mess. Duties for repairs and maintenance were spread among a host of separate divisions that didn’t communicate with each other, leading to disasters like a 1987 fire in Kings Cross station that killed 31 people. Although the Underground has become much more organized since 1987, they were looking for a way to make repairs even easier. That’s where the Internet of things (or as the rest of us say, smart devices) come in.

 

Transport for London, the name of the organization that runs the Underground, has been working with contractors to install network-enabled sensors in their CCTV (security camera) systems, escalators, PA loudspeakers, air conditioning systems, and subway tunnels that allow central systems to manage, monitor, and automate individual tasks. The smart devices, which run on a Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Services backend, were installed in the Underground by telecom firm Telent and sensors developer CGI. ....

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Smart Cities of the Future: Infosphere, Inforgs, and Technoutopianism

In its latest bid to get in on China’s infrastructure boom, International Business Machines Corp.  (IBM)  is launching a “smart city” project with the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang. The accumulated investment in China’s “smart city” effort is on track to exceed 2 trillion yuan ($322 billion) by 2025, fueled by a massive State-sponsored urbanization project, an industry report found on Wednesday. (see Business Machines) At the IBM Smarter Cities site one gets an idea of just where their going. It’s all about data. As demands grow and budgets tighten, solutions also have to be smarter, and address the city as a whole. By collecting and analyzing the extensive data generated every second of every day, tools such as the IBM Intelligent Operations Center coordinate and share data in a single view creating the big picture for the decision makers and responders who support the smarter city. Intelligent Operations Center provides an executive dashboard to help city leaders gain insight into various aspects of city management. The executive dashboard spans agencies and enables drill-down capability into underlying agencies, such as emergency management, public safety, social services, transportation, or water. IBM Intelligent Operations Center enables cities to manage large complex environments, communicate more effectively with citizens, understand the state of the city and collaborate between departments. ...

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Smart Cities: Implications For Physical Security

Smart Cities: Implications For Physical Security | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

By Dr Kevin J. Foster.   Civilisation seems to be entering its third age. Firstly, there was the age of conquest when the organisations that prospered were conquering armies. Buildings were de...

 

Now, we seem to be entering the information (third) age. In this new age, organisational and societal success will be determined in large part by the availability of essential, accurate and mission critical information in rapidly changing operational and social environments. Private, business, and mass communications are increasingly dependent on internetworked technologies (both wired and wireless). Buildings and cities will need to be designed to optimise throughput and availability of information. Telecommunications infrastructure will be used for the control of building services, shared tenant services, critical infrastructure, and business systems. ...

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Enabling smart cities | commsmea.com

Enabling smart cities | commsmea.com | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Operators are help the region’s ambitions for smart cities and future development.

 

The challenge with smart cities, and with local aims for the GCC to become a world leader in the sector, is that at present, smart cities are very much a ‘vision’ — there are no proven, real world examples of how a ‘complete’ smart city will look — rather, there are initial projects, pilots and proof of concepts. There are a lot of IT and telecoms vendors that are investing heavily in developing — and promoting — smart city technologies, but the wider vision is still a work in progress. ...

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Read 15 Free eBooks on New Media Studies & the Digital Humanities by Univ of Michigan Press

Read 15 Free eBooks on New Media Studies & the Digital Humanities by Univ of Michigan Press | The Programmable City | Scoop.it
Worth noting: digitalculturebooks is an imprint of the University of Michigan Press dedicated to publishing books on new media studies and digital humanities.
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The Universe Is Programmable. We Need an API for Everything | WIRED

The Universe Is Programmable. We Need an API for Everything | WIRED | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

The point is that, much like the computer on your desk or the iPhone in your hand, the entire Universe is programmable. Just as you can build apps for your smartphones and new services for the internet, so can you shape and re-shape almost anything in this world, from landscapes and buildings to medicines and surgeries to, well, ideas — as long as you know the code. ...

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University experts help create first mobile-connected smart city ranking | University of Sheffield

University experts help create first mobile-connected smart city ranking | University of Sheffield | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

At the moment the concept of a smart city is increasingly topical across the globe with no clear benchmarks or common agreement of what a smart city is and how it can be measured. In light of this, Dr Peng and his interdisciplinary research team (involving also Professor Tim O’Farrell and Dr Mariam Kiran) from the University of Sheffield, are working with GSMA to help them develop a common index for measuring smart cities, the first global smart city ranking available.

 

Dr Peng added: “The GSMA initially developed a common set of 31 indicators for measuring economics, infrastructure and social benefits of mobile connected smart cities. In Sheffield, we’ve been helping the GSMA to enhance their Smart Cities Index by collecting opinions from global experts in these fields to determine the weights of the 31 indicators. ....

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Five Things Obama’s Big Data Experts Warned Him About | MIT Technology Review

The rise of big data techniques poses risks to society that call for new laws, a White House report concludes
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Smart umbrellas 'collect rain data' | BBC News

Smart umbrellas 'collect rain data' | BBC News | The Programmable City | Scoop.it

Rolf Hut, from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands, plans to turn our umbrellas into rain gauges.

 

His prototype smart brolly has a sensor that detects raindrops falling on its canvas, and uses bluetooth to send this information via a phone to a computer.

 

Dr Hut envisages thousands of us crowdsourcing data for the researchers who have come to rely on an ever dwindling number of scientific gauges.

 

"We have radar and satellites, but we're not measuring rain on the ground as we used to; it's expensive to maintain the gauges. ...

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