CUSP On 23 April 2012, New York’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a historic agreement between New York City, New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and a consortium of world-class academic institutions and private technology companies, which will lead to the creation in New York of a new Center for Urban Science and Progress - CUSP. CUSP is an applied science research institute dedicated to researching and creating new solutions for the pressing and complex challenges confronting the world’s growing cities. Work has begun to establish CUSP in its 460,000-square-foot New York campus at 370 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn, a vibrant, creative and entrepreneurial neighbourhood. In this Distinguished Lecture, Steven Koonin discusses his new role as the head of New York University’s new Center for Urban Science and Progress and how NYC is about to go ‘under the digital microscope’.
How Data is Making Rio de Janeiro a Smarter City Do you plan to attend 2014 FIFA World Cup or 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro? If so, the city is already getting ready to welcome you. Here is how Rio is using technology and data management to get smarter. Manage information to avoid tragedies In April 2010, the State of Rio de Janeiro was hit by a natural disaster, when floods and mudslides killed over 200 people and made 15,000 homeless. Worse, Rio de Janeiro’s Mayor admitted that Rio’s preparedness was “less than zero”. Rio Operations Center, the city’s control room Although its initial focus was floods, the scope of Rio Operations Center expanded considerably. The Center is part of the Smarter Cities initiative that IBM has been promoting since 2007. The Center itself is a paradise for data geeks: the amount of information displayed on its 300 screens is impressive, starting with the images streamed from 200 traffic cameras (soon to be 400). Sharing data with the public through Twitter and apps What about you?
Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market | Wired Science The emotional roller coaster captured on Twitter can predict the ups and downs of the stock market, a new study finds. Measuring how calm the Twitterverse is on a given day can foretell the direction of changes to the Dow Jones Industrial Average three days later with an accuracy of 86.7 percent. “We were pretty astonished that this actually worked,” said computational social scientist Johan Bollen of Indiana University-Bloomington. The new results appear in a paper on the arXiv.org preprint server. Bollen and grad student Huina Mao stumbled on this computational crystal ball almost by accident. Earlier studies had found that blogs can be used to gauge public mood, and that tweets about movies can predict box office sales. But Bollen wanted to build a more nuanced emotional barometer. Bollen and colleagues checked a huge Google database to see what other words are commonly used in conjunction with the original 72 adjectives, and added those words to their lexicon. “I sank into my chair.
The American Dream The AMERICAN DREAM is a 30 minute animated film that shows you how you’ve been scammed by the most basic elements of our government system. All of us Americans strive for the American Dream, and this film shows you why your dream is getting farther and farther away. Do you know how your money is created? Or how banking works? Why did housing prices skyrocket and then plunge? Do you really know what the Federal Reserve System is and how it affects you every single day? Source: TheAmericanDream (www.theamericandreamfilm.com )
Federici + Benjamin - Synthetic Aesthetics "Biocomputation" by David Benjamin and Fernan Federici has recently been exhibited at En Vie/ Alive: New Design Frontiers at the Espace Fondation EDF, Paris, France, April 26 2013–September 1 2013. It was also shown at at Biodesign at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, September 27 2013–January 26 2014, curated by William Myers. "In the growing discipline of synthetic biology, living systems are engineered to help solve problems across various industries. For this project, David Benjamin and his firm The Living are designing new composite building materials through a pioneering intersection of synthetic biology, architecture, and computation. In this project, bacteria become factories for manufacturing building materials through a combination of three of their natural features. This process, which is still being refined in the lab, is then modelled in a software workflow.
IBM Selects 5 Brazilian Startups to Help Build Smarter Cities IBM announced today the 5 finalist startups for its SmartCamp in Brazil, following a preliminary round of selections across 8 Brazilian cities. So what is the event about and what do these 5 startups do? What is IBM SmartCamp? The ninth global event of its kind this year, IBM’s next SmartCamp will take place in Rio de Janeiro on November 10th and 11th, in conjunction with the IBM Venture Capital Symposium. Betting on startups According to IBM, its SmartCamp provides mentorship to early stage start-ups and facilitates access to venture capital companies. “We believe entrepreneurs will play a critical role in addressing the needs of cities around the world. For these startups, it is also a huge market to conquer; IDC Government Insights estimates the new Smarter Cities information technology market opportunity at $34 billion in 2011, increasing more than 18% per year to $57 billion by 2014, IBM said. Betting on Brazil This isn’t IBM’s first action to promote smarter cities in the country.
Hewlett Packard's Corporate Global Vision Imagine a company catalyzing a new approach to student learning and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). And what if the company’s purpose were to prepare students around the world, from all corners and walks of life, to collaborate in solving social and environmental problems, beginning right now? Imagine the power of the relationships these children will have when they are in their 20s and 30s as they continue to work with each other. Sound ridiculous to you? What if I told you that middle school and high school students from some of the world's most deprived communities are already working together on solutions for sustainable energy sources and to purify water? What I just described is pilot program for Hewlett Packard’s Catalyst Initiative. While HP’s Social Innovation program can be considered a particularly evolved case of corporate social responsibility, I think it is much bigger. "Breaking down all barriers is fundamental to success," said Vanides.
Winning the Oil Endgame-Homepage n 2004, Rocky Mountain Institute's Chief Scientist, Chairman and Co-founder Amory Lovins and a team of RMI collaborators accomplished a highly complex and innovative task—the drafting of a roadmap for the United States to get completely off oil by 2050, led by business for profit. The result became a thoroughly researched, highly analytical yet practical book called "Winning the Oil Endgame" (WTOE). Following its release, RMI began working with key industry stakeholders to accelerate key components of the WTOE strategy. To aid in its implementation, RMI raised $3.6 million from private donors and foundations. This has led to many critical projects, including: Supporting the initial stages of Walmart's efforts with its suppliers to increase the efficiency of the firm's new heavy trucks by 25 percent through 2008 (the actual reduction in fuel intensity vs. 2005 was 38 percent), and to set a goal of doubled efficiency by 2015. The Innovation Dial The Road Ahead Richard N. Robert C. George P.