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Smart cities present risks, opportunities

Emergent technologies are poised to radically change how we work and live. They will transform our cities and workplaces, shifting jobs and entrepreneurship in new directions, and spur new ways to manage our lives. All of society will be affected, up to and including how we interact with machines themselves. Sophisticated machines and applications that […]

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The Expert

Client expectations, and the real world. Enjoy.

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Lack of internet affordability may worsen Australia’s digital divide, says report

We often think of the internet as a levelling, democratising technology – one that extends access to knowledge, education, cultural resources and markets. But the net also reflects the social and economic divides we find offline. Released this week, the second report of the Australian Digital Inclusion Index (ADII) reports on data covering four years of local […]

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Communicating Ideas

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Microsoft’s Bid to Connect Rural America: Send Out Internet in between TV Signals

It’s cheaper than many alternatives, but broadcasters aren’t thrilled at the prospect. Google has balloons, Facebook has drones, SpaceX has satellites. But Microsoft has a rather more humble plan to overcome the digital divide and take Internet to the sticks. Bloomberg reports that the company will announce a new initiative Tuesday to beam data into rural communities by inserting it into unused […]

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Study from MIT Energy Initiative will explore the future of transportation

“Mobility of the Future” study examines how developments in technology, fuel, infrastructure, policy, and consumer preference will drive transportation changes. Emily Dahl | MIT Energy Initiative Energy demand for transportation — which today accounts for approximately one-fifth of the world’s energy consumption — is expected to rise substantially as a growing middle class in emerging […]

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Telecommunications for good

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The Future Database

Split-second data mapping People generally associate graphic processing units (GPUs) with imaging processing. Developed for video games in the 1990s, modern GPUs are specialized circuits with thousands of small, efficient processing units, or “cores,” that work simultaneously to rapidly render graphics on screen. But for the better part of a decade, GPUs have also found […]

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