caption Quayside will sit along Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. source Sidewalk Toronto Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation arm of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, plans to build a high-tech neighborhood along Toronto’s Eastern Waterfront. Local residents concerned about the company’s plan to collect data in public spaces have waged an opposition campaign called Block Sidewalk, which is calling for an end to the project. The backlash is reminiscent of protests over Google’s planned campus in Berlin and Amazon’s proposed headquarters in New York City – both of which were abandoned before construction had even begun. The fate of these projects could provide a window into Alphabet’s future in Toronto. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Technology companies were once heralded as the world’s greatest problem-solvers – the answer to our desire to move faster, design quicker, … [Read more...] about Activists say Alphabet’s planned neighborhood in Toronto shows all the warning signs of Amazon HQ2-style breakup
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Renée Hložek, as assistant professor of astrophysics at the University of Toronto in Canada who led the Kaggle challenge, said, “It is really refreshing to see how combinations of approaches lead to really innovative and novel solutions. She added, “We have big plans for the next iterations of PLAsTiCC, since there are many ways in which the real LSST data will be even more challenging than our current simulations.” She noted that PLAsTiCC was created through a collaboration between two science groups working on LSST: the Transient and Variable Stars Collaboration (TVS) and the Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC). Gautham Narayan, a Lasker Data Science Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute who is a member of TVS and DESC and served as a host for the LSST Kaggle competition, noted that the solutions submitted by PLAsTiCC competitors all had different strengths and weaknesses. “We’re looking at their submissions … [Read more...] about Researcher Wins Machine-Learning Competition With Code That Sorts Through Simulated Telescope Data
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Technology | High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon Supported by The city and state sent loads of data to Amazon during its search for a new headquarters, offering a peek into the valuable information the company collected during the process. ByKaren Weise Dec. 12, 2018 An avocado at Whole Foods costs $1.25. Columbia University handed out 724 graduate degrees in computer science over the past three years. And 10 potential land parcels in Long Island City are zoned M1-4, for light manufacturing. New York provided all of these data points, and thousands more, to Amazon as part of its successful bid to woo the tech giant to town. On Monday, New York City posted online the 253-page proposal it submitted, along with New York State, to Amazon in March. The city … [Read more...] about High-Tech Degrees and the Price of an Avocado: The Data New York Gave to Amazon
It is touted as a unique opportunity to build a smart city within a major city, literally from the ground up. Environmental remediation, new infrastructure, digital electrification plans, new-age mobility options — the whole shebang. If only people would stop complaining about privacy issues. Up in Toronto, Canada’s largest city, there’s been much ado about what will happen to all the data that the future Sidewalk Toronto project will generate. The focus of the debate has been, predictably, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) whose Sidewalk Labs is the primary partner in the project. And yet, for all the sturm und drang about personal information, not a single spade-full of dirt has been spilled yet. For Toronto, the city would gain a new and smart neighborhood. For Alphabet, it would have access to data. So what’s the Sidewalk Toronto project all about, and why are consumer advocates sounding the alarms? Here’s a primer. What exactly is the plan? On … [Read more...] about Where Toronto sees smart sidewalks, residents see ‘1984.’ So what now?
Amazon walked away from its HQ2 bidding process with more than $5 billion in tax breaks and grants from the two winning locations: New York City and Arlington, Virginia. Along the way, Amazon reaped something from more than 200 cities who submitted proposals to house the new headquarters that might be even more valuable: Data. Lots of it. In its 14-month search for HQ2, Amazon received 238 proposals from cities hoping to lure the online retailer, with the promise of 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars in investments. Those bids included exhaustive data about nearly every aspect of civic life, including zoning codes, land ownership, population demographics, mass transit ridership, infrastructure plans, the progress of development projects and much more. For a company looking to expand its empire with new facilities — and to find new ways to reach customers faster — that data could prove priceless. "I think they had this in mind from day one," Richard Florida, a University of … [Read more...] about How will Amazon use the data it got from cities bidding on its HQ2?