Many cities around the world have already made a lot of progress in some of these areas—for instance, developing dashboards to measure and visualize traffic patterns, and building tools that let residents instantly evaluate and provide feedback on city services. But a lot of urban challenges are interrelated—for example, availability of transportation affects where people choose to live, which affects housing prices, which affects quality of life. So it helps to start from first principles and get a big-picture view of the many factors that affect city life. Then, you can develop the technologies and partnerships you need to make a difference.
So I’m very excited about , a new company we’ve announced today. (The press release is at www.sidewalkinc.com if you want to read more). Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage. The company will be led by Dan Doctoroff, former CEO of Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant. I want to thank +Adrian who helped to bring Dan on board.
While this is a relatively modest investment and very different from Google's core business, it’s an area where I hope we can really improve people’s lives, similar to Google[x] and Calico. Making long-term, 10X bets like this is hard for most companies to do, but Sergey and I have always believed that it’s important. And as more and more people around the world live, work and settle in cities, the opportunities for improving our urban environments are endless. Now it’s time to hit the streets and get to work!
For LSE, I wrote…well, probably a dozen—no, many more than a dozen, as they begin to flood my memory—language templates that I used heavily. Some were made into products: the Java, C++, and Perl templates I wrote apparently were taken over by DEC and then COMPAQ. (The link shows the Perl template, with my name still in the header comments: the other language templates I wrote must have been sanitized.)
Now, after 15 years without LSE, but with Emacs, I have found ELSE: an LSE mode for Emacs, using [almost] the original definition language. Of course my first meta-task has been writing a template for LSE (or ELSE) itself, then using that to create on for MS SQL.
It is my creation and use of tools that has kept me from the scrap heap of time, and irritated countless managers until their benefits became clear. I'm grateful to have one back, just when I was needing it again.
- BNP Paribas Financial ServicesSenior Software Developer, 2013 - presentMaintaining, enhancing, and developing business-critical software and solutions.
- ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc.Programmer, 2000 - 2013Developing and maintaining custom software and integration solutions. Helping to manage and configure technical infrastructure.
- Digital Equipment CorporationPrincipal Software Specialist, 1985 - 1997Solving the "It can't be done" problems facing enterprise software developers.
- DECPrincipal Software Engineer, 1978 - 1985
- CompaqPrincipal Software Specialist, 1997 - 2000
erect and sapient: before them gapes
the dark abyss to which their progress tends—
if by God's mercy progress ever ends
and does not ceaselessly revolve the same
unfruitful course by changing of a name.
I will not tread your dusty path and flat,
denoting this and that by "this" and "that";
your world immutable wherein no part
the little Maker has with maker's art.
I bow not yet before the iron crown,
nor cast my own small golden scepter down.
- Poetry (especially if you've memorized some)
- Creative thinking
- Dramatic outbursts
- Dogs (we have two) and dog training
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