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!
So far, almost 2,000 people have died in heatwaves that have struck India, including 44˚C (111˚F) in New Delhi on Thursday.
Severe heat often occurs in India this time of year prior to the onset of the monsoon, and also later in the summer during monsoon break periods. My research group at has worked on this topic, including recent work by showing that monsoon break periods have become more common in recent decades:
We also published a paper (let by Moetasim Ashfaq, who is now at ) predicting that high levels of global warming will cause a delay in the onset of the monsoon over India:
The photo is from this article:
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Printed Human Skin, Maintaining Memories After Being Cryogenically Frozen, Turning Blood into Nerve Cells, and More!
Had a crazy day today, and almost missed sharing this - but its okay - because Science sharing isn't only for Sundays. #ScienceEveryday !
Memories emerge intact from cryogenic resurrection machine
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- Cultivate worldwide self-sufficiency
- Gamify society
- Design a public platform for collaborative innovation & research
- There is no debate without consensus of fact.
- The more self-sufficient people are, the less tribulation the world's people will have. (Most of the world's conflict is consequence of being unable to provide for one's self.)
- There isn't any true good or evil, there is only facilitation or impediment of people surviving and thriving.
- Most of life demands reliance on assumptions.
- I prefer to rely on scientifically-validated information --yet, I am weary of the potential for skewed information due to biases, corruption, and extortion.
- Most people have good intentions with what they're doing.
- People almost always fail to recognize that the other side has a point.
- Impending devastation exhilarates me.
- I love critical, global issues.
- If I can't make a dramatic difference to more than a community, I'm wasting my effort.
- I care about the principal factors that dictate humanity's course.
- I do not bother with changing things through institutions, I take grassroot action.
- Institutions are generally too corrupt and inefficient to bother with.
- I am not interested in most of humanity; though, I do care for every human's quality of life because I believe that every person's life will have an impact on mine.
- I think most people are too near-sighted, unambitious, credulous, self-righteous, and/or psychotic.
- I agree with the motto from the game Assassin's Creed "Nothing is true, everything is permitted." Not everything you're told or think that you know is the absolute truth.
- "If you're going to do something, make it matter." - Hewlett Packard
- Rule 1) Tackle the roots of problems.
- Rule 2) Ensure a lasting solution.
Catalysts for this change:
- Cultivating people's knowledge, innovation, collaboration, and self-sufficiency.
- Creating immersive, real-world games (which, preferably, would benefit society in more ways than just positive emotional states).
- What would you do differently if a loved one was one of them?
- What would you think if your typical way of life suddenly dissolved? (*cough, cough* War, Pandemic, Famine, Theft, Global Financial Crises, Superstorms)
- Save the World Projects (If there are any that fit the style that I work in :3)
- Politics (Only for staying informed; I prefer DIY change.)
- Getting Educated: Web Articles, MOOCs, Television
- Are trying to make a difference.
- See big pictures
- Enjoy thinking
- Have healthy skepticism
I can't live without a sense of fraternity.
- Tech, Local, & World News
- Watching Informative Videos (PBS & YouTube)
- Planning or Organizing Something, or Daydreaming about doing it.
- Playing Videogames
- Listening to Music
- Sulking over Friends, Money, and Mankind
Oklahoma, US; Arkansas, US.
- TED Conferences OnlineSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2011 - presentWatched over 250 talks
- MOOCsMany Disciplines, 2012 - present[March 2013] Global Sustainable Energy: Past, Present and Future, University of Florida • A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior, Duke University (Psychology+Economics) • Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations, Vanderbilt University • [May 2013] Introduction to Psychology, University of Toronto (Also: Spring 2007: Yale University, Introduction to Psychology) • [August 2013] Social Psychology, Wesleyan University • Gamification, University of Pennsylvania (A new field of study. A kind of hybrid between positive psychology & game mechanics for achieving organizational goals) • [January 2014] Moralities of Everyday Life, Yale University
- PBSOverviews of Many Disciplines, presentDozens of NOVA, Nature, Frontline, and NewsHour programs.
- Informational WebsitesInterdisciplinary, 2012 - presentMIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Smithsonian, Phys.org, ExtremeTech, Gizmag, CleanTechnica, Next Big Future, Fast Company, The Verge, CNET, TechCrunch, GOOD, Mashable, xkcd
- BooksDifferent Disciplines, 2012 - presentThe Infinite Resource by Ramez Naam (Economics + Sustainability), A Mind of Its Own by Cordelia Fine (Psychology), Don't Be Such a Scientist by Randy Olson (Science Public Relations)
- YouTubeSnippets of Many Disciplines, 2012 - presentASAP Science, Vsauce
- CodecademyProgramming, 2014 - 2015Basics of: HTML, CSS, jQuery
- Documentaries2014Food Inc., Bully, Inequality for All, Tiny: A Story About Living Small, Poor Kids
- LabSim TestOutInformation Technology, 2011 - 2012CompTia A+ and Network+ training (but did not take certification exams)
- (Under Development) (current)
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