How to Fingerprint a City

I found an interesting post from Frank Jacobs on how to create a fingerprint of a city. It is based on a paper from Rémi Louf and Marc Barthelemy that was published in arXiv in October 2014. From the post: Thanks to Big Data, a new “Science of Cities” is emerging. Urban processes that until now could … Continue Reading »

Social maps that reveal a city’s intersections — and separations

Every city has its neighborhoods, cliques and clubs, the hidden lines that join and divide people in the same town. What can we learn about cities by looking at what people share online? Starting with his own home town of Baltimore, Dave Troy has been visualizing what the tweets of city dwellers reveal about who … Continue Reading »

Turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots

João Barros, the former national director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal program, and Susana Sargento, a professor at Portugal’s University of Aveiro, have launched Veniam, a startup that harnesses public transportation fleets to deliver Wi-Fi access to citizens. More and more cars are equipped with internet access, and the internet-of-things adds more devices to the internet … Continue Reading »

Smart citizens. How internet facilitates smart choices in city life

The Ericson Consumer Labs recently published a new report on how the internet facilitates smart choices in city life. The online study was conducted in September 2014 with 9,030 iPhone and Android smartphone users aged between 15 and 69. Respondents were from Beijing, Delhi, London, NewYork, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Stockholm and Tokyo, representing 61 million citizens.  The … Continue Reading »

CitySDK Cookbook: Harmonizing APIs across cities

WaagSociety published their CitySDK Cookbook. About the CitySDK: CitySDK is a “service development kit” for cities and developers that aims at harmonizing application programming interfaces (APIs) across cities. CitySDK APIs enable new services and applications to be rapidly developed, scaled and reused through providing a range of tools and information for both cities and developers. CitySDK … Continue Reading »

Top 10 Uses of Predictive Technology in Urban Systems

New predictive technologies and analytics are on the rise and also cities can profit from them. These technologies incorporate such elements as big data and machine learning to identify patterns that governments can use to make predictions in various aspects of everyday life. So how can cities and jurisdictions can use them to anticipate the … Continue Reading »

Smart cities: the state-of-the-art and governance challenge

A new Paper by Mark Deakin in Triple Helix – A Journal of University-Industry-Government Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Reflecting on the governance of smart cities, the state-of-the-art this paper advances offers a critique of recent city ranking and future Internet accounts of their development. Armed with these critical insights, it goes on to explain smart cities in terms of the social networks, … Continue Reading »

Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence

Thanks to Stefaan Verhulst, I found today the book “Smarter Than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence” by Stuart Armstrong, a James Martin Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. About the book: “What happens when machines become smarter than humans? Forget lumbering Terminators. The power of an artificial intelligence (AI) comes from its intelligence, not physical … Continue Reading »

A Quick Look To America’s Most Digital Cities

The 2014 Digital Cities Survey from Government Technology spotlights the nation’s tech-savviest cities, and provides a national view of technology trends and priorities in municipal government. They built this infographic to give a quick look at the survey results. It is quite interesting: