Truly Smart Cities Are More than Sensors & Real-time Data
Boston, with its rich university resources and innovative start up incubators, stands to have the smartest creativity infrastructure in the world outside of Silicon Valley, says Dr. Boyd Cohen.
What's the Latest Development?
Tomorrow's smart city will not only have great technology but also great institutions that support new technological development. For that reason, Dr. Boyd Cohen, who researches start up accelerator programs around the world, says that Boston, Mass., is one of the smartest cities on the planet. The city's rich university resources work in tandem with incubators like MassChallenge, which "leverages a nonprofit model and takes no equity stakes in the 100-plus startups it supports each round." Outside of Silicon Valley, says Cohen, Boston may have the most innovative ecosystem in the world.
What's the Big Idea?
Cities interlaced with data-collecting sensors and connected to a central processing hub are helping to make today's urban environments more efficient and more enjoyable places to live. But new technology is not the only thing that can make a city smart. Attracting the right people to live in your city is an important way to cultivate local solutions that benefit from an international network of professionals. "While Boston also has many other smart characteristics--including quality transit and renewable energy leadership--it truly stands out as a global leader in fostering innovation within and outside of its worldclass universities."
Photo credit: Shutterstock.com
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Firefighters in California are still struggling to contain several wildfires nearly one week after they broke out.
- Hundreds of people are still missing after three wildfires spread across Northern and Southern California last week.
- 48 of the 50 deaths occurred after the Camp Fire blazed through the town of Paradise, north of Sacramento.
- On Tuesday night, a fourth wildfire broke out, though it's mostly contained.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.