May 12, 2020

Algorithms and the Digital Age: A Brief History

Today, we hear the word algorithm and associate it with machine learning, artificial intelligence, and modern technology. It is interesting to note however, that algorithms and the concepts they are based on pre-date computers by thousands of years.

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April 12, 2020

Leveraging Connected Vehicles: Cars as Ants

What if we treated our vehicles like ants? What if vehicles exchanged information through their own antennae (sensors and WiFi)? In fact, they do.

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November 21, 2019

Autonomous Vehicles: The Modern Day Trolley Problem and the True Cost of Progress

A runaway trolley is moving toward a group of five people who are tied up on the tracks. You are near a switch that could divert the trolley’s path to a side track, but doing so would kill one person on that track line.

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November 6, 2019

The Car Didn’t Bark: Why ‘Near Misses’ Are Critical

When something happens, it generates data. But what about when something nearly happens, but doesn’t?

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October 21, 2019

Why UPS Avoids Left Turns – and What Cities Can Learn from It

Federal research shows that about forty percent of car crashes occur in intersections, most of them due to left-hand turns. One company has been aware of this for over a decade.

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August 21, 2019

Budgeting in the Age of Cloud Computing

Cloud infrastructure has proven to increase effectiveness, however many government agencies have failed to implement it. How can they do so within a reasonable budget?

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August 20, 2019

Rewriting History: What If the US Federal Highway System Had Not Been Built?

Let’s consider an alternate reality in which Eisenhower did not win the presidency. In that case, what would the USA look like without the federal highway system?

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February 5, 2019

Why Curitiba, Brazil, is Not Houston, Texas

Curitiba is a Brazilian city a thousand miles south of Brazilia, capital of the state of Parana, and built to replicate the futuristic city to the north. In 1972, cars were banned. No cars in center-city Curitiba!

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December 18, 2018

From Artificial Intelligence to Neural Networks: Technology to Make Cities Smarter

What is a “Smart City” anyway? While definitions vary, Swisscom provides a comprehensive definition worth […]

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October 18, 2018

Untying the Gordian Knot

The phrase “untying the Gordian knot” has come to mean, solving a near-unsolvable problem. Traffic congestion in Israel a major problem, in fact it is 3.5 times that of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.

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