Romanian cities opening up to digital public services

As governments face new types of challenges, from higher expectations of citizens regarding quality and efficiency, integrating new technologies in administrative processes as well as a higher degree of participation, to the extent of co-creating solutions, the digital transformation has no way of being successful unless is being built on collaboration and partnership. But the …

Bakey's cutlery India

If we want a change, we should be the change: Creating a plastic free world

Have one ever thought that after using the spoon and fork during a meal, one can snack on the same utensils too? Well, this actually sounds a bit implausible, but if you consider this as among your weird wish list, count it a wish granted. When majority of the countries of the world are still …

Virtual power plant in South Australia

Tesla to build the world’s largest virtual power plant

With its decision to install the world’s largest virtual power plant, South Australia is shooting two birds in just a bullet: mitigate greenhouse gas emission and reduce power prices. The South Australian government signed a deal with Tesla to build what it tags as the world’s largest virtual power plant. State premier Jay Weatherill said in …

3d printed house china

Will future cities be built using 3D printed construction tech?

We live in an incredibly and progressively changing world. The built environment is certainly not an exception. With the rapid progress in technology, it is no longer a surprise that homes can just come out of a computer, printed and downloaded. And presto! The house you have been dreaming for all your life is just …

Nokia IoT

How Nokia is empowering the future of smart cities

Nokia joins the increasing list of tech companies (Microsoft, Siemens, Huawei, Cisco, Verizon, etc.) that provide IoT-enabled and data-powered services for smart city management. The networking and digital communications giant based in Finland released the three core elements that comprise the smart city management services and technology, giving the green signal that it is up …

Google's deep learning

Google’s AI doctor gives this hearty news

The use of blood tests and other forms of invasive procedure to predict heart diseases may as well be tossed away as a thing of the past in the field of healthcare. Google is again at the forefront of groundbreaking and innovative research that is predicted to revolutionize medical diagnoses involving cardiovascular diseases. This time …

Air taxi mobility

In pursuit of global urban air mobility

The densely populated and congested gargantuan megapolis of New York, Tokyo, Beijing, Sao Paolo, Jakarta, Manila, etc. during the rush hours give one a premonition of what is closest to a traffic nightmare could be. Increased urbanization makes the city streets a jam of vehicles, a ragtag of movement if you wish, that makes cities …

MIT glowing plants

These glowing plants could light up city streets in the future

Imagine that instead of streetlamps during the night, you see glowing trees along the busiest promenade in your city. This imagineering of what the future looks like using technology seems like a scene in sci-fi movie but it is actually getting close to reality. Plant lamps instead of desk lamps, treelights instead of streetlights; and …

Hyperloop transport system

Are maglevs and hyperloops the future of intercity travel?

The “hyperloop effect” or the “maglev effect” seems to have taken a number of countries to the forefront of what could be dubbed as a renaissance of a cutting-edge technology in land transport. The idea of a floating train, surfing over an electromagnetic field, hovering over its tracks, zipping up and down may sound like …

blockchain

Will blockchain and virtual currencies shape city governance for the better?

Over the past decade, the term “blockchain” has created a lot of buzz in the digital world and remains a hot topic in the world of finance. As human society becomes progressively more digital, financial transactions become more and more complex; hence, there is a need for a more efficient, faster, and cost effective way …