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 →
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Does Anyone Else Think That the Rio Olympics Should be Moved in Light of Zika?

May 11, 2016 – When you don’t have a cure for a disease that is easily spread by mosquitoes, and when you have a country that appears to be in the state of political collapse, ... Continue Reading →
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Netherlands Propose Ban on “Carbon” Cars while San Francisco Goes Solar on Buildings

April 25, 2016 – A big ship takes a long time to change direction starting from the senior officer at the helm requesting a route alteration to the rudder and engines finally ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: Self-Driving Pods on Singapore Roads This Year

April 23, 2016 –  A joint venture between SMRT Services Pte. Ltd. and 2Getthere Holding B.V. announced plans to install, operate and maintain a fleet of automated vehicles on ... Continue Reading →