The EIU looked at a wide range of factors when putting together the index. It examined digital security, and considered the number of cyber attacks and how they were tackled. It looked at the obvious area of personal safety, but also infrastructure security – sanitation, roads, and management of natural disasters. In the health security category, it looked at quality of healthcare (for instance, how many hospital beds and doctors there were per 1,000 people), but also at issues such as pollution. As the report puts it, “Living in a safe and healthy urban environment can make a real and measurable difference to city inhabitants.” In the index’s top 25 cities, average life expectancy is 81; in the bottom half, it is 75.
What’s unique about this approach isn’t just its versatility, but also its speed of execution. Consider an hexapod equipped with such adaptive skills. If you’re a jerk and step on one of the robot’s legs, snapping it off, it’s going to impact how quickly and efficiently the robot moves. At this point, the robot is like, “uh oh, something bad happened, I can’t walk anymore.” But instead of having to figure out which leg is broken and how, or doing any sort of self-analysis at all, the robot simply starts trying a whole bunch of different gait behaviors through “intelligent trial and error,” converging on something that works by exploring an enormous pregenerated set of potentially effective motions in about two minutes.
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