advertisement advertisement When did Silicon Valley become so obsessed with building cities? Last month it was Cisco’s SVP of strategy Inder Sidhu describing the company’s smart city play as the $36 billion company’s “biggest opportunity.” Then, at the inaugural Techonomy conference a few weeks ago, an all-star roster of techies, VCs, and scientists pondered “cities as solutions.” Physicist and former Sante Fe Institute president Geoffrey West practically stole the show with his talk on urban metabolisms. Cities are like organisms, he explained, except they grow much faster and much bigger than anything living – in fact, there appears to be no upper limit to their size or propensity for innovation… or disaster. “Urbanization is the problem,” he said, “and it can also be the solution.” These being Silicon Valley types, it was clear what that solution should be. “Copying 20th century cities in … [Read more...] about A City in the Cloud: Living PlanIT Redefines Cities as Software
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A smart dishwasher should sense how caked-on the crud is on your plates and rinse them accordingly. Smart air conditioners should map your room like an air-traffic controller and cool different parts to different degrees. A smart oven should know whether you’ve put in brisket or a spoon roast and cook accordingly. Today, most appliances aren’t smart, never mind all the years of marketing claims. But they will be — and artificial intelligence is the cornerstone to improving all of those devices, said I.P. Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics. “Currently you need to be smart to use a smartphone.” “What AI hopefully will do is solve this problem of using complex systems, so that the devices become smart, and smart devices mean they’ll know exactly what you want,” he told Digital Trends, in an exclusive interview. This solves the conundrum that lies at the heart of modern technology, threading its way from your phone to your dishwasher … [Read more...] about Why learn to use gadgets when they can just learn to help us? Exactly, says LG
What does it take to become India's leading technology blogger? For almost a decade now, Amit Agarwal has been writing at Digital Inspiration, coming up with guides and hacks to make life easier with the right tech. He's developed plenty of cool scripts and apps, and even managed to find the time to author a book. We caught up with the one-man blogging and hacking force to find out the tools and tricks he can't live without. Advertisement Intro and interview by Mihir Patkar. Location: Agra, city of the Taj MahalCurrent gig: I write how-to guides at Digital Inspiration, create websites (Podcast Gallery, Hundred Zeros), build web apps (Tall Tweets), curate the Indian Bloggers directory, code WordPress plugins, and produce video screencasts. I'm also working on the next edition of this book.Current computer: Dell XPS running Windows 8 and an iMac for video editingCurrent mobile device: Nexus 4 running AndroidOne word that best describes how you work: Enthusiastically (and … [Read more...] about I’m Amit Agarwal, and This Is How I Work
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The international police organization Interpol plans to condemn the spread of strong encryption in a statement Monday saying it protects child sex predators, three people briefed on the matter told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A man passes an Interpol logo during the handing over ceremony of the new premises for Interpol's Global Complex for Innovation, a research and development facility, in Singapore September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo At the group’s conference in Lyon, France on Friday, an Interpol official said a version of the resolution introduced by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation would be released without a formal vote by representatives of the roughly 60 countries in attendance, the sources said. Echoing a joint letter last month from the top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, the larger group will cite difficulties in catching child sexual predators as grounds for companies … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Interpol plans to condemn encryption spread, citing predators, sources say
"How can I motivate myself to work?" I've asked myself that question many times in my life. It’s funny, though. Here are some questions I've never asked: How can I motivate myself to eat pizza?How can I motivate myself to talk with an attractive woman?How can I motivate myself to get out of these cold, wet clothes and slip into the hot tub?I haven’t asked these questions, either: How can I motivate myself to play my favorite video game?How can I motivate myself to play disc golf? At this point a question comes to mind. Why Are So Many Activities So Much More Compelling than Work? I find the above activities intrinsically motivating. My work often isn't? Why? Some of the above activities are designed to help meet my immediate physical needs (for food, for sex, for companionship, for warmth). There’s little puzzle there. Such activities are essential to my evolutionary mandate to survive and replicate. But, when we compare the leisure activities to work, things get … [Read more...] about Have You Accidentally Sabotaged Your Motivation to Work?