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Re: City life navigation
  • 10/13/2014 5:34:22 PM
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We actually use GitHub at our company! It serves as a home for all R&D efforts. The fact that there are cities promoting development is a good sign.

Re: City life navigation
  • 9/30/2014 4:35:46 PM
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Chicago has been doing a great job in levearging GitHub to encourage and rally developers in the area to create life-enhancing apps.

Re: Blowing your way
  • 9/30/2014 4:34:39 PM
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Good point. Some of the leading urban centers with respect to technology are learning how to incorporate smart structure, and having a civic approach to tech, they may learn to seek out partnerships with other areas that are struggling to build structure.  We've all heard of sisters cities  - maybe the link in the relationship is how sister cities work together to get smart.  The concept of a sister city can be a link from one technologically advance community to another.

Re: City life navigation
  • 5/21/2014 7:50:16 PM
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The best part about this, is that this kind of app probably already exists, or is in development. These days, where creating upgrades (apps) for widely used technology (smartphones) can be done by both 4 pals in a college dorm and a software development team, few ideas are left unturned!

Re: Improving life
  • 5/21/2014 7:47:01 PM
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Oh wow. I'll definitely need to check that out. It sounds a lot olike the kind of idea i had in mind.

Re: Blowing your way
  • 5/21/2014 10:37:47 AM
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In the news this morning:  Homeland Security reports a major security breach at a large American utility (unnamed at this point).  It will be interesting to follow this story and see what happened.

The Achilles heel is going to be security.  As data collection points and network nodes proliferate exponentially, exposure and risks increase too.  With these networks becoming public/private hybrids, where does the responsibility ultimately lie?

Re: Improving life
  • 5/21/2014 10:23:47 AM
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Thinking about "evolving settlements", I find places like Arcosanti (Arizona) quite fascinating.  An experiment started over 40 years ago, Arcosanti is an example of urban "technology" that is multi-faceted and socially/environmentally-driven.

Re: Blowing your way
  • 5/21/2014 8:51:12 AM
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The World Health Organization predicts that most growth of urban populations will be in less deveoped countries, "Almost all urban population growth in the next 30 years will occur in cities of developing countries," doubling in the next 20 years, while high-income countries will show little urban population growth over the next two decades. I hope some smart city planning will emphasize the needs in those developing areas in addition to the more weathly cities.

Re: Blowing your way
  • 5/20/2014 10:47:03 PM
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The Smart Community program seems to be a good model for helping small businesses learn from well established and successful companies. It is a goal oriented initiative that has already impacted many small businesses for the better.

City life navigation
  • 5/20/2014 10:07:19 PM
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I love the idea of technology making city life more enjoyable. There is a difference between living in the city and the suburbs and an app that helps city dwellers manage the volume of people challenges is a great way to improve quality of life. Imagine an app that tells you about traffic and street closures in cities so that you can map your route. Gives you the best time to eat and get a table and scores you tickets to a show or movie. It could take the race out of many city life experiences and redefine city life as we know it.

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