Cities

Michigan Bets on Connected Tech for its Continued Revival

Michigan's leaders want it to become a tech hub. But low-wage work is increasingly the norm, and Detroit still has very far to go. Policymakers aim to leverage the considerable tech resources of existing industries,...

Connected Cities Demand a Great User Experience

The capabilities of the Internet of Things are uniting city planners and technology experts everywhere to transform metropolises into smart, connected cities. Smart cities are popping up in Europe and around the world. What we...

Harnessing the Data Exhaust (from vehicles)

It may be another generation until driverless cars are the norm, but in the meantime we need data to train the software, as well as to assist in the development of new infrastructure and regulatory...

Disrupting Concrete with Code

The construction industry is less productive than it was 60 years ago. Software and digital tools are either absent or extremely primitive. But new software could help this industry finally catch up to the rest...

Tech:NYC Celebrates and Shapes New York’s Tech Industry

Tech:NYC draws together local tech companies large and small to work with government, build industry ties and cultivate critical tech talent. It was only formed last year, but is already having a significant impact, both...

How Big Data Effects Cities

Dan'l Lewin at Techonomy 2014.

Happy Trails: An Inexpensive Way to Revive American Suburbs

As people move more and more to cities, suburban America is in need of a facelift. City living is attractive to young people because they are aware of their energy consumption, they like the action...

The Designer as an Evolutionary Mutagen

MoMA's Paola Antonelli spoke in her Techonomy interview about seeking "a theory of everything for design," so I wanted to share my two cents. As designers we might consider ourselves as mutagens of the artificial...

Parking ticket? There’s a Bot for That

A legal chatbot called DoNotPay helps users appeal parking tickets through a series of simple questions: Was the signage confusing? Were signs clearly visible? Was the parking bay large enough? It has already helped overturn...

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