If the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest livability survey is any guide, the most livable cities are mid-sized and not too dense. The report, written by the business analysis unit of The Economist Group, names 10 top cities that all fit into those categories: places like Melbourne (which comes first), Vancouver (3rd), and Calgary (5th). advertisement advertisement According to the report, lower population density allows cities “to foster a range of recreational activities without leading to high crime levels or overburdened infrastructure.” Most of the top cities have densities of 2.88 to 3.40 people per square kilometer, compared to the U.S. average of 32, and a global average of 45.65. Only Vienna (in 2nd place) beats the trend, with 100 people per square kilometer. As the report notes, “prestigious hubs” like New York, London, Paris, and Tokyo have “big city buzz.” But they pay for it with more crime, greater congestion and … [Read more...] about The 10 Most Livable Cities In The World
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One day in the spring of 2008, Colonel John Montgomery walked into a ground-control station at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada for his regular shift flying a Predator drone over Iraq. The mission that day was an open patrol over Sadr City, a densely populated neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. Montgomery’s squadron had been watching the area for weeks. advertisement advertisement As Montgomery settled into his seat, his sensor operator turned to him. “There’s something wrong in this city,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but things just don’t feel right to me.” Montgomery sensed it too. “It was a vibe. It just wasn’t right,” he later told me of the mission. Montgomery’s crew was so familiar with the streets of Sadr City that they understood the rhythm of the neighborhood; they even committed to memory the exact spots where local women hung laundry from their balconies. When something was off, it was … [Read more...] about How Big Tech is helping build the Pentagon’s all-seeing eye-in-the-sky
America is no longer buying the internet advertising industry’s argument that personal data tracking helps us by showing us more relevant ads. That’s perhaps the biggest lesson from the results of a broad new Pew Research study, released today. advertisement The survey of 4,272 U.S. adults found that 6 in 10 people believe they can’t go through a day without having their personal data captured by some company or government agency. Pew found that 72% of Americans believe that “all, almost all or most of” what they do online–either on their cellphone or their computer–is being tracked by advertisers, ad tech companies, data companies, or others. An additional 19% believe that “at least some of” what they do is being tracked. If it’s true that Americans trade away their data privacy for convenience, a majority don’t feel they’re getting the best end of the deal. Pew finds that 81% feel that privacy risks of … [Read more...] about Americans finally understand Big Tech’s Faustian bargain, but that doesn’t mean they’ll quit tech
There are bike lanes, and then there are bike lanes. The best have something the others don’t: Real protection for cyclists. They find some way of separating riders from the rest of the road–a line of parked cars, a row of planter pots, some plastic barriers. advertisement advertisement Go to advanced cycling cities–places like Amsterdam and Copenhagen–and that’s the norm. It’s a major reason why those places have far higher rates of ridership than here. Because people don’t have to compete with cars, cycling is something the whole family feels comfortable doing, even the very young and very old. In the U.S., separated bike lanes are still relatively rare, though the last few years has seen a steady expansion. PeopleForBikes, a Colorado-based cycling advocacy group, counted 40 such projects in U.S. cities in 2012, and it expects at least as many this year when it’s finished counting. The non-profit recently chose its top 10 … [Read more...] about These Are America’s 10 Best Bike Lanes
“If I’m on a park bench, and I’m next to someone, and I hear them talking about symptoms of cancer, am I obligated to turn around and tell them they might have cancer?” advertisement advertisement Samuel Volchenboum, Director of the Center for Research Informatics and Associate Professor of Pediatric Oncology at the University of Chicago, lets the question float in the air for a moment before breaking his own silence. “You’ll get different answers depending who you ask.” Medical ethics is a complicated topic. For a practicing doctor tending to their patients inside a hospital, the rules are relatively clear. But as soon as that doctor steps into the real world, their vast knowledge of the human body gives them the power to diagnose a potentially unwilling populace–people who might not be asking for a diagnosis of a terminal illness, or to have the telltale signs of their chemical addiction broadcast to every fellow passenger on … [Read more...] about The UX Of Ethics: Should Google Tell You If You Have Cancer?