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President Trump’s first executive order banning immigrants, refugees, and travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries didn’t exactly go smoothly. So today he tried again. The “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” officially replaces the earlier order put on hold in court. It’s narrower in scope, but its very name […]

How Europe is fighting to change tech companies’ ‘wrecking ball’ ethics

As Silicon Valley firms look to destroy the existing order, some European leaders are fighting to develop the industrys moral compass. This is a real chance to make better decisions, fight fatalism and build a humane future Facebook, Google, Amazon and other internet behemoths are involved in a form of technological innovation that is acting […]

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(CNN)India is undergoing a dramatic transformation. With ten million people flocking each year to its colorful, noisy and bustling cities, the country is facing the largest urban migration in history. READ: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ design museum opens As the Asian giant’s economy continues to flourish, places such as Kolkata, Chennai and Ahmedabad are creating unprecedented opportunities […]

White House invites all to artificial intelligence workshops

Machine learning has come a long way in a short amount of time, and the U.S. government is working to stay on top of the subject. The White House announced on its website Tuesday that it will be co-hosting four public workshops during the next few months to spur discussions about artificial intelligence and machine […]

We’ve been mayors of New York, Paris and Rio. We know climate action starts with cities

If we want to reduce emissions, cities are key. But they need to be empowered if they are to have an impact The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large part because national governments recognized cities progress in reducing carbon emissions. On Thursday, as world leaders gather in […]

The Stone Age Is Over. Kansas City Definitely Got The Memo.

Lights along the 2-mile transit line, which opens Friday, sense when the sun sets and turn on when it gets dark. If there isn’t anyone waiting for the streetcar, the lights dim automatically. They will also send alerts to the city if something is blocking the rail path or if icy roads need to be […]

Warren Ellis Normal Brings Readers a Serialized Digital Dystopia

The world is going to end. Most people can go about their day to day without thinking about it too much, covering up concerns of an eventual apocalypse with grocery lists, carpools, training your Snorlax—the minutiae of daily life. But for people who professionally think about the future, planning smart cities and advising on drone […]

Pokmon Go is just the start  Silicon Valley is taking over our reality

New technologies from games to the internet of things are integrating every aspect of our lives into a global network that serves monopoly capitalism From military bases in Indonesia, from Julian Assanges embassy, Pokmon seem to be everywhere. As Pokmon Go takes over the world, Saudi clerics have safety guidelines in preparation for the official […]

Companies are making money from our personal data  but at what cost?

Data appropriation is a form of exploitation because companies use data to create value without providing people with comparable compensation It is the strangely conspiratorial truth of the surveillance society we inhabit that there are unknown entities gathering our data for unknown purposes. Companies and governments dip into the data streams of our lives in […]

Heres How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Your City

Elon Musk says every new Tesla comes with all of the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving. Heis hardly alone in trying to spare humans the tedium of caroperation.Audi, GM, Google, and Uber are among the many companies working toward the day when autosdo everything andyou’re just along for the ride. Musk, ever the showman, […]

ARM founder says Softbank deal is ‘sad day’ for UK tech – BBC News

Media captionARM founder: ‘Sad day for technology in Britain’ The founder of ARM Holdings has told the BBC he believes its imminent sale to Japanese technology giant Softbank is “a sad day for technology in Britain”. Hermann Hauser said he was “very sad” at news of the 24bn ($32bn) takeover which was announced on Monday […]

Aid agencies in call for North Korea funding after devastating floods

Storm in August left 70,000 homeless and 600,000 in need, with children now at high risk, say Unicef and Save the Children International aid agencies have called for millions of dollars of funding for an urgent relief effort in Unicef and flooding, triggered by Typhoon Lionrock, and another 400 are missing. Save the Childrens programme […]

Forget Dystopias, These Sci-Fi Writers Opt For Optimism Instead

Its hot, and youre walking. Shuffling, actually. Youve spanned a seemingly endless chalk-dry plane, and youre thirsty, run-down, exhausted. You think about your flaking, parched lips and aching muscles, and about how your arduous journey will be worth it if you ever reach your destination. An immigrant, youre searching for a new place to live, […]

Where is the world’s most hi-tech city? (And it’s not San Francisco )

Twitter and Uber may be based in San Francisco, but Santiagos Chilecon Valley and the South Korean capital Seoul could both make claims Before long, Santiago could be a city full of electric vehicles charged by smart power grids, many of them driving on highways equipped with traffic-reducing automated variable toll pricing. Perhaps a new […]

The rise of the cashless city: ‘There is this real danger of exclusion’

Cities from Sweden to India are pushing for a totally cash-free society. But as more shops and transport networks insist on electronic payments, where does this leave the smallest traders and poorest inhabitants? Scrolling through my online bank statements at Christmas, I was surprised to find I had not removed cash from an ATM for […]

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Scientists from the University of Oulu have discovered a new material that is capable of turning different types of energy into electricity. The material is a type of perovskite crystal, a family of crystals already known for being able to turn certain types of energy into electricity. The new material, known as KBNNO (based on […]

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The last time the Pentagon directed all of its bases to raise their threat level, the danger came from an unlikely source: social media. That’s where accounts connected to ISIS posted the names and home addresses of US military personnel and encouraged terrorists to attack them. Military bases around the country began the methodical process […]

Smart Cities: The Pothole Problem

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Its hot, and youre walking. Shuffling, actually. Youve spanned a seemingly endless chalk-dry plane, and youre thirsty, run-down, exhausted. You think about your flaking, parched lips and aching muscles, and about how your arduous journey will be worth it if you ever reach your destination. An immigrant, youre searching for a new place to live, […]

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The inventor of green steel is working on a way to recycle smart phones, support developing countries and inspire young women all at the same time Professor Veena Sahajwalla is passionate about rubbish. Throughout her career, the director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales […]

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Machine learning has come a long way in a short amount of time, and the U.S. government is working to stay on top of the subject. The White House announced on its website Tuesday that it will be co-hosting four public workshops during the next few months to spur discussions about artificial intelligence and machine […]

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If we want to reduce emissions, cities are key. But they need to be empowered if they are to have an impact The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large part because national governments recognized cities progress in reducing carbon emissions. On Thursday, as world leaders gather in […]

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Lights along the 2-mile transit line, which opens Friday, sense when the sun sets and turn on when it gets dark. If there isn’t anyone waiting for the streetcar, the lights dim automatically. They will also send alerts to the city if something is blocking the rail path or if icy roads need to be […]

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I voted against Prop 1, the proposition in Austin supported by ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft to ban fingerprint background checks, but I lack that glowing feeling that usually accompanies a victory on Election Day. We took a successful stand against the dangerous precedent of a direct corporatocracy, but the fallout means some Austinites are […]

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Where is the world’s most hi-tech city? (And it’s not San Francisco )

Twitter and Uber may be based in San Francisco, but Santiagos Chilecon Valley and the South Korean capital Seoul could both make claims Before long, Santiago could be a city full of electric vehicles charged by smart power grids, many of them driving on highways equipped with traffic-reducing automated variable toll pricing. Perhaps a new […]

Half of US adults are recorded in police facial recognition databases, study says

More than 117 million adults included in virtual, perpetual lineup, which authorities can use to track citizens, raising concerns over privacy and profiling Half of all American adults are included in databases police use to identify citizens with facial recognition technology, according to new research that raises serious concerns about privacy violations and the widespread […]

Yinchuan: The smart city where your face is your credit card

Yinchuan, China (CNN)Like most people, I’d never heard of Yinchuan before going there. But the Chinese officials showing me around are eager to present the capital of Ningxia province, in the north of China, as a technical marvel.

How the street light has been given a hi-tech makeover – BBC News

In a data-driven world it makes sense to adapt existing street furniture for this purpose, says smart cities expert Dr Theo Tryfonas, from Bristol University’s Faculty of Engineering. “It’s better than acquiring boxes and hardware,” he says. “There needs to be a shift in our mentality towards utilities. We have electricity, water – the fourth […]

Aid agencies in call for North Korea funding after devastating floods

Storm in August left 70,000 homeless and 600,000 in need, with children now at high risk, say Unicef and Save the Children International aid agencies have called for millions of dollars of funding for an urgent relief effort in Unicef and flooding, triggered by Typhoon Lionrock, and another 400 are missing. Save the Childrens programme […]

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The Maharashtra government is facing criticism from the Centre for failing to use funds meant to create smart cities under Prime Minister Narendra Modis flagship Smart Cities Mission (SCM). The Union Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/state-fails-to-spend-smart-city-funds-centre-takes-serious-note/article9091478.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

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The comment from the former chairman of the IT company comes even as government has been nudging IT and IT-enabled companies to go deeper into the country in order to create jobs all across. Murthy added that none of the high income countries have progressed without urbanisation. Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-far-away-from-having-smart-cities-Narayana-Murthy/articleshow/53710463.cms

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Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy on Thursday said the country was "far, far away" from realising the ambition of developing smart cities, a flagship programme of the Narendra Modi government. Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/We-are-far-far-away-from-smart-cities-Narayana-Murthy/articleshow/53658446.cms

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

Ambitious new cities Songdo and Masdar may not have lived up to their promise, but smaller projects in the US aim to be laboratories for sustainable city planning Masdar, on the edges of Abu Dhabi, was billed as the worlds first sustainable city when it was conceived in 2006. It was intended to be a […]

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The Smart Cities Mission is a flagship programme of the ruling National Democratic Alliance. , while expectations have been scaled down, the rhetoric has largely escaped political scrutiny. General Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/fooled-by-smartness/article8907618.ece?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=RSS_Syndication

How Florida and Colorado are trying to build smart cities from the ground up

Ambitious new cities Songdo and Masdar may not have lived up to their promise, but smaller projects in the US aim to be laboratories for sustainable city planning Masdar, on the edges of Abu Dhabi, was billed as the worlds first sustainable city when it was conceived in 2006. It was intended to be a […]

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Ebne Cybercity was built 15 years ago to create a modern working environment for Mauritians and bring a hi-tech hub to this island nation. So does it offer a roadmap for Africa – or a warning of problems ahead? As the fruit bat flies, its only 300 metres from Cyber Tower 1 to the massive […]

Narendra Modi: the divisive manipulator who charmed the world

This week the Indian prime minister makes a triumphant visit to the UK after cosying up to everyone from Silicon Valley CEOs to Rupert Murdoch. Whats behind the uncritical embrace of a man who has presided over a rising tide of assassinations and religious zealotry, and driven the countrys writers and artists into revolt? In […]

Story of cities #future: what will our growing megacities really look like?

Will we live in buildings made out of waste, heavily surveilled smart cities, or maybe floating communities designed to cope with rising sea levels? Amid the much-mythologised graffiti that appeared around Sorbonne University during the French civil unrest in May 1968, one line still stands out as intriguing and ambiguous: The future will only contain […]

The woman who loves garbage: Veena Sahajwalla on making the best of waste

The inventor of green steel is working on a way to recycle smart phones, support developing countries and inspire young women all at the same time Professor Veena Sahajwalla is passionate about rubbish. Throughout her career, the director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) at the University of New South Wales […]