Future Ready Kerbside: Creating Places That Put People First

Uber and WSP have partnered to release a new white paper
Future Ready Kerbside – which examines what we
need to do today to ensure our kerbsides and streetscapes
enable the places people want now and into the
future.

Using two case studies to bring the
recommendations to life, Crown Street in Sydney and Onehunga
Mall in Auckland, the white paper examines how the kerbside
is allocated and managed during the day and evening and what
impacts that has on people and place. It then envisions how
these kerbsides could be reimagined to create better places,
support future transport technology, and improve access for
the delivery of people and goods to support local
business.

WSP’s Future Ready Lead Graham Pointer
said that the way we manage and allocate the kerbside has a
significant impact on achieving what we

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‘Ready Player One’ sequel goes deeper into technology’s dark side

The sequel to the beloved sci-fi novel, “Ready Player One,” was at last released last week.

WBUR reports that the novel’s author, Ernest Cline, takes readers deeper into a bleak, dystopian future plagued by technology’s darker side. This time around, however, the evil that threatens protagonist Wade Watts and the world he lives in is far more sinister than OASIS.

As a quick refresher, the plot of “Ready Player One” focuses on a hopeless world that’s consumed by a virtual reality simulator, OASIS, which was created by the eccentric scientist James Halliday. When Halliday dies, it is announced that the ownership of the entire OASIS is up for grabs by the player who can find a mysterious Easter Egg. Suddenly, Wade finds himself involved in corporate intrigue as he rushes to find the Easter Egg before anyone else does. Luckily, he wins, freeing the population from greedy overlords and a

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Is Our Patent System Ready for a Potential Future of Brain Interfacing?

“Over the last several years, artificial intelligence has been the focus of patent offices around the world…. Perhaps a similar reflection will be performed as brain interfacing technology becomes increasingly powerful and more frequently used.”

brain interfacing - https://depositphotos.com/75383115/stock-photo-illustration-of-neurons-on-a.htmlCurrently, brain recording and/or brain stimulation is used almost entirely for medical or research purposes. Invasive surgery is generally required to read neural signals with high temporal and spatial resolution. High resolution of neural signals enables researchers to decode a brain’s underlying intentions, sensations, reactions, etc. rather reliably, if only in constrained environments. With regard to stimulation, researchers have demonstrated the ability to trigger different types of effects. For example, stimulating the reticular formation can cause a subject to become awake; stimulating the amygdala can evoke fear; stimulating the motor cortex can trigger movement; stimulating the visual cortex can cause a subject to see light flashes. However, the state of the art is neither able

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Wary of New Lockdowns, CFOs Stand Ready With Covid Contingency Plans

Finance chiefs say they are wary of new lockdown measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, but have contingency plans ready—in contrast to the spring, when restrictions caught many companies off guard.

U.S. coronavirus cases have been surging in recent weeks, with confirmed infections exceeding 100,000 daily since early November, while hospitalizations topped 88,000 on Tuesday. Certain states, including New York, Minnesota and Nevada, have imposed curfews or tightened other restrictions to contain the spread, reversing earlier moves to loosen regulations.

Other states could follow if the caseload keeps rising. The prospect is worrying business leaders, even though another federal lockdown appears less likely now. President-elect Joe Biden, who is set to take office in January, last week said he doesn’t consider such an order necessary. President Trump has been criticizing recent state-level restrictions.

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Parler is growing but conservatives are not ready to leave Twitter

“I will no longer accept the censorship that is happening on Twitter,” she said. She would still use the site to promote her guests and TV shows, she added, but she would not “be dropping any scoops” there, and that “it is Parler where you will find real stories and the things I’m working on and my opinions on things.”

From election day until Sunday afternoon, she’s posted to Parler 118 times — and tweeted 174 times.

Since launching in 2018, Parler’s leaders have framed the social network as one of the last bastions of free speech online, building a fan base of annoyed conservatives who argue they had been silenced everywhere else.

The company said its user base has exploded since Trump’s election loss, doubling this month to more than 10 million accounts. In Apple’s app store, according to data from analytics firm Sensor Tower, Parler jumped from 1,023

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Now An Amazon Company, Zoox Is Ready To Dial-Up Its Robotaxi Push

Self-driving tech startup Zoox has gone through a big management shakeup and surprise sale to Amazon in the past two years. But with the acquisition complete the secretive Silicon Valley firm is ready to reveal its electric robotaxi and updated plans–which don’t include pivoting to automated deliveries despite being owned by a retail behemoth worth more than a trillion dollars.

“Eventually, probably, we can move other things but it’s very clear for Amazon this is a growth opportunity. Our mission–a ground-up robotaxi, moving people, ride-hailing–is absolutely intact,” CEO Aicha Evans tells Forbes. Next month “you will see the real vehicle. You will see it driving in autonomy, performing maneuvers. We’re unveiling the curtain as to what Zoox is up to and how we’re doing things.”

She didn’t provide a specific date.

Its purpose-built “bi-directional” model with four-wheel

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A satellite that will track Earth’s sea level rise is ready to go

More than 830 miles above Earth’s surface, a next-generation satellite will launch today to keep an eye on global sea levels.



This illustration shows the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth.


© NASA
This illustration shows the Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich spacecraft in orbit above Earth.

The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite is set to launch on Saturday as the next generation of spacecraft keeping an eye on our planet’s sea levels.

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The joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21 at 12:17 p.m. ET.

A livestream of the launch will be available to watch on NASA’s website. The satellite will launch Saturday on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. If the launch is delayed, there will be more opportunities in the coming days.

Once in orbit, the pickup truck-size satellite will track global sea level for the next five and a half years from 830 miles above

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Is the AV Industry Ready For Technology-as-a-Service?

In the last 3 years our company has hired 50 employees and outfitted each of them with the latest computer technology all without purchasing a single computer. The way we did this was by taking advantage of Apple’s technology-as-a-service (TaaS) pricing model for our company’s computer needs. It’s worked out beautifully for us. Rather than outlay up to $2,000 / new employee for the latest Apple hardware we pay $75/month for a computer, AppleCare support, and a guaranteed new computer in two years.

It’s clear why this approach is so attractive to all parties involved: the employee gets the latest hardware, Apple secures sales it may not have otherwise secured, our company gets to offer a generous perk of “choose whatever computer you want when you join the company”, and the financing provider gets interest on the loan. Everyone wins. And this isn’t just popular with SMBs, it’s also popular

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Box’s CEO is ready for a more consistent approach to tech policy under Biden

with Tonya Riley

Box chief executive Aaron Levie is expecting a Biden administration to bring more stability to relations between Washington and Silicon Valley. 

As a member of the executive council of the industry trade group TechNet, Levie says he has been engaging with the Biden camp on issues including immigration, data and American competitiveness. 

The tech industry’s push to weigh in on future public policy decisions comes as the coronavirus pandemic makes tech more essential to the economy than ever before as businesses, governments and schools shift more operations online. But at the same time, there’s a major push from Democrats and Republicans to rein in the tech industry’s power.

Levie’s comments signal how CEOs are bracing for a dramatic shift after the presidential transition. Like many tech executives, Levie has been publicly critical of the Trump administration on issues such as immigration and racial equality. 

Levie spoke

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Big Tech Backlash Means Get Ready for Less Free Stuff

(Bloomberg Opinion) — Governments around the world are taking major steps to clamp down on the anticompetitive practices of large technology companies. But the quest to rein in the power of these giants may have an unfortunate side effect for consumers: less free stuff.

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One of the common themes among global antitrust regulators is that Big Tech has been able to use its vast financial resources and platforms to stifle smaller competitors. Last month’s U.S. House antitrust report contended that big American technology companies such as Apple Inc. and Google parent Alphabet Inc. have abused their market power to hurt upstarts and extend their dominance into different markets. This month, China’s antitrust watchdog issued a set of draft regulations that included rules against internet platforms such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. selling goods and services below cost, while the European Union  said Amazon may have broken antitrust laws

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