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What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages: Jobs lost, jobs gained | McKinsey

In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.

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Snapshots of "Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City"

Achieving zero waste in a community or business requires a group effort. From government leaders, business operators and landlords to architects, designers and residents, participation from all parties is needed in order for waste reduction goals to be set and achieved.

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Google-backed AI network aids lead pipe cleanup in Flint, MI | Smart Cities Dive

To help with the effort in Flint, MI to replace lead pipes that have contaminated residents’ water supplies, researchers from Georgia Tech University developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system, backed by Google, to predict which of the city’s 55,000 homes are affected, according to a report in New Scientist.

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Discover 25 smart and connected projects from around the country

The first 25 teams to submit their initial response for the 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge are receiving support from Venture Smarter to prepare presentations, match with teaming partners, and explore the opportunities and challenges presented by smart - or IoT enabled - infrastructure and development.

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Elysian Fiber Ohio — Smart Infrastructure Challenge

Elysian Fiber’s public/private project will focus on the development of a fiber optic backbone and fiber optic connections to community residents and key economic and academic development sites.

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How Could Driverless Vehicles Affect Ohioans' Daily Lives? | WVXU

As research and testing of autonomous vehicles and smart mobility programs in the state ramp up, we could see driverless vehicles on the streets of Cincinnati, in coordination with the ongoing Smart Cincy initiative.

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Why building a dynamic smart city requires an equally-dynamic network

Successfully harnessing these advanced technologies, such as sensors, video, smart meters, analytics, to achieve goals like optimizing energy efficiency, improving public safety, and autonomous transportation requires a network as dynamic as a city itself.

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Modernizing infrastructure policies to advance public-private partnerships

In an era of political tribalism, infrastructure investment is one of the few areas of American public policy that polls well among everyone. Which makes sense; who doesn’t like the idea of filling potholes, new airport terminals, and water systems that don’t burst?

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The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Announces Two New Standards Projects | Business Wire

PISCATAWAY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--IEEE, the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, and the IEEE Standards Association today announced the approval of two new standards projects inspired by work being done by The IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems(“The IEEE Global Initiative”).

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A Healthcare Giant Enters the Battle for Cheaper Housing

Housing is healthcare. That’s a common refrain among leaders working on public health issues that range from substance abuse to food insecurity. Fighting poverty and homelessness, and treating the many negative health outcomes associated with living outside shelter, starts with helping people secure safe, affordable housing. It’s the bedrock tenet of the “housing first” movement.

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The DigiTruck Project: Bridging the Digital Divide in Africa

Arrow Electronics and the nonprofit organization Close the Gap are collaborating to turn used cargo containers into fully equipped digital classrooms and health clinics that can be deployed to remote areas of Africa. The first "DigiTruck" classroom was deployed to the Tuleeni Orphanage in Tanzania where it's currently providing some 80 orphans with access to a classroom full of refurbished laptops, tablets and other IT equipment.

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Financing the Future of Water Infrastructure Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

It is hardly surprising that this policy clarification, finalized by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in a unanimous vote, failed to make headlines, or even any news. But given the vital implications for water utilities and their communities nationwide, it probably should have.

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Nashville, TN voters soundly reject transit plan in referendum

Nashville, TN voters emphatically rejected the city’s $5.2 billion transit plan in a referendum Tuesday. The Tennessean reports the measure was rejected by about 64% of the 110,000-plus voters.

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Technology: using power for good

New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks.

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Preview the 2018 Smart Regions Conference (October 25th, Columbus OH)

At the 2018 Smart Regions Conference leaders from across the United States and North America will highlight their success stories, challenges, and opportunities to collaborate to build smart cities and regions rooted in community impact and resilience.

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Global City Teams Challenge: Tech Jam in Portland, OR (June 20-22)

The Second Annual Global Tech Jam returns to Portland Wednesday, June 20th - Friday, June 22nd to present the largest forum of its kind for Smart City initiatives. This event will bring together forward-looking municipalities, research institutions, federal agencies, and leading private sector companies.

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Context Labs co-founds MOBI: The Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative

MOBI allows industry stakeholders to interoperate together, generate global network effects, and with that stem the tide of big tech disruption, and instead, lead with transformative differentiation.  MOBI and its ecosystem partners have a voice to innovate and differentiate, leveraged by their combined network effect.  Disrupt?  We say "no."  Provide transformative differentiation, at-scale in one of the world's largest industry ecosystems?  We say "yes."

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Houston to launch autonomous shuttle pilot program

Metro hasn't actually purchased the vehicles yet, but it offered information about the design and features it's investigating, such as the slow-speed, small bus-sized shuttles. That would make the vehicles similar to those used in autonomous shuttle pilots in DenverLas Vegas and at the University of Michigan.

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Venture Smarter acquires Venture Strategy Partners, will launch ‘Venture Smarter Labs’

Venture Smarter announced the acquisition of Venture Strategy Partners, a (privately held) Cincinnati-based strategy and innovation group with a portfolio of early-stage investments and interests spanning high-tech sectors. The acquisition includes all of the interests, IP, and assets.

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