Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

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A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Trump Can’t Stop the Globalization of Work—the Internet Will See to That

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DONALD TRUMP IS promising to make America great again by keeping others out. That approach is already undermining the smidgen of tentative good will he had enjoyed from the tech industry. As a strategy for keeping jobs in the US, it’s also fatally flawed. Turns out that in a world connected by the internet, isolationism… Read more »

Your tech habits leave a carbon footprint, too

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The company you are using and the way you power your home are all factors in the way your technology affects the environment, researchers say. Source: Washington Post Date: February 1, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/01/25/your-tech-habits-leave-a-carbon-footprint-too.html Discussion 1) “How do our tech habits affect how much power we use and the environment? Finding an answer is harder than you may… Read more »

Gadget trash is piling up in Asia

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In Asia, electronic trash has reached new heights.  A growing number of gadgets — and more people who can afford to buy them — has led to a 63% increase in electronic waste in Asia, according to a study from the United Nations University. And that’s only in the past five years.  Phones, computers and… Read more »

Is the world wide web a waste of water?

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Researchers at Imperial College London made headlines last year when they claimed that up to 200 litres of water could be involved in the download of a single gigabyte (GB) of data. Source: BBC News Date: October 18th, 2016 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37471911 Discussion 1) “Whenever you check social media, send an email, or stream a video, you will be… Read more »

Microsoft tests underwater data centre

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Microsoft said its reasons for experimenting with underwater data centres were twofold.  Firstly, half the world’s population is located within 125 miles (200km) of the coast so data centres in the sea would reduce latency – the time its takes data to travel from its source to customers. But there were also environmental reasons for the… Read more »

London to test ‘smart city’ operating system

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Discussion:  In a neighborhood in London, there is an operating system being tested that will connect utilities and services with citizens.  The ‘smart city’, located in the Greenwich peninsula, is testing an operating systems that aims to connect services such as water, transport, and energy with the people who live in the area.  Smart lamp posts… Read more »

Green sidewalk makes electricity — one footstep at a time

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Discussion:  Recently, engineers have designed a paving slab that converts absorbed kinetic energy into electricity.  The kinetic energy is captured when people step on the stones– it is a real-world “crowdsourcing”  application.  Besides being a common-sense source of sustainable energy (walking is something people do anyway) the slab also brings the issue of sustainability to the… Read more »