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 …

Sidewalk Lab Toronto

Google to build North America’s largest smart city

It’s official! Google’s Sidewalk Lab and Waterfront Toronto have agreed to carve down the Quayside area in Canada’s largest city as the “test bed” for what many has called the “city of the future.” Some call it a bold experiment. Others are skeptical of allowing algorithm creators to take control of lives of city dwellers. Still …

Privacy in smart city

Tackling the issue of privacy in smart cities

The world is experiencing a two-fold transformation process: a fast-paced urban development revolution and an accelerating smart city evolution. The race to making cities smart is a global trend. The concept of smart city evokes the image of ICT-infused infrastructures that enable the extensive monitoring and steering of city maintenance, urban mobility, air quality, waste …