Will this truck be the eyes and ears of the smart city? The future of the U.S. Postal Service could be as the eyes, ears and sensor network for the smart city. If cities played along the USPS could also derive a revenue stream that could reverse billions of dollars of annual losses. According to a panel at the Smart Cities Summit in Boston, the future of the U.S. Postal Service could revolve around big data, Internet of things and smart cities. Here's the gist of how the Postal Service could be a smart city enabler: These assets could monitor conditions and the environment for things like potholes, potential for blight and infrastructure conditions. Data could be delivered back to cities and enhance services.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has gradually become an integral part of modern life, from Siri and Spotify's personalized features on our phones to automatic fraud alerts from our banks whenever a transaction appears suspicious. Defined simply, a computer with AI is able to respond to its environment by learning on its own--without humans providing specific instructions. A new report from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, outlines how AI could become more integrated into people's lives by 2030, and recommends how best to regulate it and make sure its benefits are shared equally. Here are five examples--some from this report--of AI technology that could become a part of our lives by 2030. Smart traffic lights using artificial intelligence technology to learn and adapt to traffic patterns in real time could make intersections safer and more efficient.
The US Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent application that details a pretty neat VR system. Spotted by Patently Apple, it's meant to be used in vehicles -- including self-driving vehicles -- and Apple pitches it as a way to mitigate motion sickness. But the company also describes a lot of other interesting applications, many of which could be used to turn a standard ride in an autonomous car into a business meeting, a concert or an exciting, zombie-filled adventure. The application says that the system could include a VR headset or a projector that would display the images on interior walls of the vehicle. In regards to motion sickness, the system could include a variety of sensors that could monitor the passenger and determine when they might start feeling ill.
If you were going to take 60 years to win a premiership, and you wanted to make it a premiership worth 60 years of waiting, how would you script it? You could start two years beforehand with a crisis that led to the captain and coach leaving the club. You could replace the coach with a rookie called Luke Beveridge whose chief claim to fame was a couple of premierships in the amateurs and a stint in security in the public service. You could replace the captain with a heart-and-soul veteran called Bob Murphy who in the season in question would do his knee and not play again after round three. You could put him out on the ground on grand final day anyway, because as sure as eggs, he was.