Spoiler Note: Our annual list of Innovators Under 35 is not really what a small group of intelligent young people have been doing (although it is part of it.) It is a fact that the modern world is making progress.
As you read about the challenges that this year’s winner seeks to overcome, you will also look at the future of AI, natural sciences, weapons, computers, and the fight against climate change.
To put it bluntly, we asked five experts — all judges or former winners — to write short stories of where they saw many promises, and the biggest barriers that could be found in their streets. We hope this series will inspire you and give you an idea of what to expect in the years to come.
Read the full list here.
The question of Urbanism
The modern city is a management tool. It can monitor your movements through your license, mobile phone, and face. But go to every city or place in the United States and there is a variety of surveillance taking place, which is operated by private home cameras, wildlife cameras, and even security cameras of various types.
A recent MIT Technology Review article explores why, without local governments, we have built our communities into panopticons: everyone looks at everything, always. Here are some new issues in the journal, which are sure to make you wonder if smart cities are really smart:
– How cybersecurity groups are taking the law into their own hands.
– Why Toronto wants you to forget all you know about smart cities.
– Bike theft is a major problem. Special parking may be the answer.
– Public transport seeks to kill money – but it will not be as confusing as you think.