Category archives: People
As we look towards this increasingly urbanized society, there is a lot of talk about smart cities being the answer. But how do we build these smart cities? Do we need to form government committees, public private partnerships, and fund PR campaigns? Maybe, but it turns out that the biggest driver of the smart city is a lot closer to home: it’s you, the smart citizen.
The journeys of the endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtles are among the longest in the animal kingdom, and they have largely remained a mystery until now. An international team of scientists led by Brendan Godley of the University of Exeter has uncovered the migratory secrets of the loggerhead turtles in West Africa, and the results could have huge implications for developing strategies to protect them.
Here is a taste of the Networked Society from a hundred years ago and more. People were connected, not online, but it was still possible to send messages to each other. Things just took a little bit longer, and I can only imagine the feeling of waiting three months for answers to all my e-mails, texts and so on. Maybe I can try to use pigeons to get my next blog post to all my readers!
Quite simply, Hammersley and other speakers described how people now expect full experiences while they are mobile. The bottom line, said Hammersley, is that it all requires the network to be “incredibly solid.” It’s a complicated reality – with all of us wanting more and more from our mobile experience.
Although we can see a clear global trend towards improved ICT maturity, we found that cities with low ICT maturity tend to advance faster than cities with high ICT maturity, indicating a strong catch-up effect. Although starting at a low level, they are progressing in all ICT dimensions of the index: ICT infrastructure, ICT affordability and also improving the usage of ICT by people, business and society.
Early generations of smart watches have struggled on the packaging and applications front. The technology was the centerpiece of this wearable innovation with insufficient emphasis on the fashion side of the package. Even then, the applications were, to a large extent, scaled down smartphone applications where the watch acted as a slave screen for relaying information to the user. But this is changing, and now we are entering a new intimate wearable application era.
In-flight Wi-Fi is now accessible on around 40 to 50 percent of US flights, as well as on international long haul flights via airlines such as Lufthansa, Emirates and Qatar Airways. Some even offer the service for free. There are a few different systems on the market today. Let’s examine them.
I leave knowing that the city I’ve seen will be very different from the city that it will be a few years from now. Like Ayu’s kids, Bangladesh seems destined for success, its citizens poised to enjoy all the benefits that connectivity and technology will bring to their country in the Networked Society.