Links da Semana

Links da Semana #31

Beijing initiates smart city construction boom

“A report conducted by McKinsey Global Institute showed that China’s urban population will grow from 63 million in 2010 to reach 990 million in 2030, and cities with a population exceeding 1 million are likely to increase from 153 to 226 in the period.”

Quantifying Our Cities, Ourselves

“The rise of the quantified self is indicative of our more general obsession with data, but it also illustrates our growing concern with personal perfection at the expense of community well being. Popular books, like Timothy Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek, advise readers to shut out the distractions of the wider world in order to focus entirely on self-improvement and personal perfection.”

The multiplexed metropolis

“Enthusiasts think that data services can change cities in this century as much as electricity did in the last one. They are a long way from proving their case.”

A Map of the Drones

“Drone Adventures is a non-profit organization designed to promote the potential of drones in conservation, humanitarian work and in search and rescue operations. The organization helps to connect drone operators with people in need of up to the minute aerial imagery.”

Why Cities Are Our Most Important Innovation Platform

“Innovation, most of all, is driven by collaboration.  So it takes more than just smart people, but diversity as well.  Different people, working on different things, colliding together in unexpected ways is what brings about important new ideas.  That’s why, more than anything else, vibrant cities are crucial to our continued ability to innovate and compete.”

Une société de données n’est pas une societé statistique

“Les ordinateurs, les algorithmes et les bases de données pourraient-ils nous aider à penser différemment notre société?”