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Even in the 21st Century Engineers Get it Wrong

November 28, 2016 – Two news items in the past few weeks have prompted me to write this piece about 21st century engineering. The first story concerns the ExoMars mission to place ... Continue Reading →
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When Climate Change Becomes Personal it Gains Relevance

November 25, 2016 – The ice storm that struck Toronto back around Christmas 2013 created levels of personal awareness for most Torontonians about extreme weather. People started ... Continue Reading →
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Sub-Nation Actors Leading the Way in Reducing Carbon Emissions

November 24, 2016 – In a Time Magazine headline last week Johanna Partin wrote that America’s cities are the only hope for climate change action in light of the election ... Continue Reading →
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The 21st Century: Our Journey to Immortality or Extinction

October 15, 2016 – It is the Ides of October and I have resolved after seven years of writing this blog to attempt a synthesis of much of its content into a book which will bear ... Continue Reading →
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Stanford University Study Looks at AI Impact on Urban North America: Life in 2030 Part 2

September 7, 2016 – Envisioning the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on North American urban life in 2030, the Stanford University study described in a previous post, also ... Continue Reading →
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Stanford University Study Looks at AI Impact on Urban North America: Life in 2030 Part 1

September 6, 2016 – Artificial Intelligence or AI includes a constellation of technologies including computer vision, machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks ... Continue Reading →
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David Suzuki Asks How Much Food Can Cities Produce?

August 26, 2016 – In the latest email from the David Suzuki Foundation, it looks at urbanization, climate change, and food production pointing to a future where cities become ... Continue Reading →
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NuTonomy Beats Uber in Race to Put On Demand Autonomous Vehicles on City Streets

August 25, 2016 – A three-year old company spun out of Massachusetts Institute of Technology has launched a self-driving taxi service in Singapore today. It represents the first ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Ride an Autonomous Bus on Helsinki Streets

August 19, 2016 – It’s official. Autonomous bus service is starting to show up on urban streets with Helsinki, Finland launching a small fleet of two French-built, EasyMile ... Continue Reading →
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Gizmos & Gadgets: Meet Olli the Self Driving Bus

June 26, 2016 – Deemed your neighbourhood electric vehicle, Olli is a self-driving mini-bus that comes with seating for up to 12 and includes on board radar, lidar, and a suite ... Continue Reading →