Infrastructure & Services


Smart Cities: Utopia or Dystopia?

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New electrical technology is driving change, and sophisticated communication infrastructure will lead to even more. Public transportation is a cornerstone of large cities, and strong infrastructure can lead to greater service. Bus routes will become more reliable as real-time location data lets AI-driven systems send out buses where they're needed or hold buses back for greater reliability. Those interested in romance no longer have to head down to the pub to find potential partners when online dating provides great tools for meeting people online and arranging dates.


LG's new airport robots will guide you to your gate and clean up your trash

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From today, Seoul's Incheon International Airport will be home to two of LG's latest prototype bots: the Airport Guide Robot and the Airport Cleaning Robot. The Guide Robot will roam the terminals, ready to provide travelers with directions and information about boarding times. The Cleaning Robot, meanwhile, is essentially a beefed-up Roomba that looks a little like a mini-tank from a future war. LG's robots should be fine as long as they keep away from hazards like stairs and fountains.


LG's friendly robots will help travelers at Seoul airport

Engadget

Today, LG announced that it's deploying a fleet of robots at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. This isn't the first we've heard of these adorable robot friends. There are two robots that are in service: an Airport Guide Robot and an Airport Cleaning Robot. The Airport Guide Robot is in place to interact with passengers.


The airports of the future are here

Mashable

One reason airports tend to look and function remarkably alike is that they're designed to accommodate air travel infrastructure--security, passenger ticketing, baggage, ground transport--with the primary concerns being safety and minimal overhead for their tenant airlines. "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." "It's like having a Super Bowl worth of people every single day." At Changi, concession revenues rose 5 percent last year to a record S$2.16 billion ($1.6 billion), while the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International, topped $1 billion in concession sales in 2016, also a record.


GSA calls for blockchain and machine learning to speed acquisition - Fedscoop

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The General Services Administration is looking to speed up acquisition by harnessing innovative machine learning and blockchain technologies. Now, GSA says it has up to $149,999 to offer to contractors for a proof of concept that can further improve FASt Lane processing and proposal review times with distributed ledger technology -- the foundation of blockchain technology, which also forms the basis of cryptocurrencies like bitcoin -- automated machine learning, artificial intelligence based technologies and electronic interchange technology. "The mission is to reduce the amount of human interaction required to review new proposal documents, improve offeror experience during the new offer proposal process, and reduce the review time for new proposal reviews to award," the RFQ reads. The RFQ seeks solutions that are cryptocurrency agnostic, integrate IT systems, operate with open source, open platform and open data, and employ a FedRamp Moderate authorized cloud platform.


Artificial Intelligence Poised to Improve Lives of People With Disabilities

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I'm cautiously optimistic that by the time I need it, my car will be a trusted independent driver. Imagine the difference it will make for those who cannot drive to be able to accept any invitation, or any job offer, without being dependent on having a person or public transport to get them there. Researchers and companies are also developing cognitive technologies for accessible public transportation. For example, IBM, the CTA (Consumer Technology Association) Foundation, and Local Motors are exploring applications of Watson technologies to developing the world's most accessible self-driving vehicle, able to adapt its communication and personalize the overall experience to suit each passenger's unique needs.


This chatbot can help you argue a parking ticket

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Although he's entangled in the larger web created by the Russia probes, Manafort previously disclosed this meeting to congressional investigators before Trump Jr. leaked his emails -- but he wasn't required to disclose the content of it. Now the question is why did he attend Trump Jr.'s meeting at all? April 12: Maloni announced Manafort intended to officially register as a foreign agent. April 28: Mercury LLC, a Washington-based lobbying firm under Manafort's direction, registered as a foreign agent.


Seattle's Sea-Tac Airport Creates Robot 'Tracy' To Help Travelers Get Through Security

International Business Times

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport announced this week it is testing a robot to speed up the security process for passengers. "The robot pilot program is an example of how Sea-Tac airport embraces technology, science and operational innovations," the airport said in a release. Tracy can be programmed to give tips in six languages, including Spanish, English and Chinese. Last October, – Mineta San Jose International Airport announced its #SJCRobots, Norman, Amelia, and Piper.


How Columbus, Ohio parlayed $50 million into $500 million for a smart city transportation network - TechRepublic

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The private funding supported the city's goal to transform its transportation system with electric vehicle deployment and other carbon emission reduction strategies if it received the federal grant. "We've set a goal of $1 billion in private sector money in the next four years," said Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, while speaking at Smart Cities NYC '17 in early May in Brooklyn, NY. "Everything about the US DoT Smart City Challenge Grant moved at lightning speed - especially for government. "The number of miles that Americans drive every day, aggregate miles that we drive every day, are 8.5 billion miles per day.


How Columbus, Ohio parlayed $50 million into $500 million for a smart city transportation network - TechRepublic

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The private funding supported the city's goal to transform its transportation system with electric vehicle deployment and other carbon emission reduction strategies if it received the federal grant. "We've set a goal of $1 billion in private sector money in the next four years," said Alex Fischer, president and CEO of the Columbus Partnership, while speaking at Smart Cities NYC '17 in early May in Brooklyn, NY. "Everything about the US DoT Smart City Challenge Grant moved at lightning speed - especially for government. "The number of miles that Americans drive every day, aggregate miles that we drive every day, are 8.5 billion miles per day.