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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

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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 […]