There’s nothing wrong – or new – in the idea that we should sense what’s happening in our built environments and alter how our systems perform to respond to those sensors’ observations. There’s nothing objectionable about adding more trains when the system is busy, or recording accurate usage data to inform our urban planning debates. The problem is that the smart city, as presently conceived, is a largely privatised affair designed as a public-private partnership to extract as much value as possible from its residents while providing the instrumentation and infrastructure to control any civil unrest that such an arrangement might provoke. Far from treating residents as first-class users of smart infrastructure, they are treated as something between gut flora and pathogen, an inchoate mass of troublesome specks to be nudged into deterministic, convenient-to-manage patterns. … [Read more...] about The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states
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Best TV streaming services 1. Netflix The OG of TV streaming services is still often seen as the top of the crop, with a fantastic range of content, including a burgeoning number of originals, like Stranger Things and Orange is the New Black, as well as a huge catalogue of non-original content. … [Read more...] about Best TV streaming services including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix
So why can’t we sleep? A new book from the US purports to hold the answer. Helpfully titled Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun, it appears at first glance to be more of a feminist manifesto for Generation Xers than a self-help manual for insomniacs. On closer inspection, though, a picture starts to form that’s recognisable to any woman who is knee-deep in the mothering, marriage and career years. Disregarding the generational focus of the book’s premise, it offers, not a cure, but insight and some unpalatable news about the lives of women today. Every right we’ve earned, every advance we’ve made, every career we are now free to embark on continues to co-exist with our near full-time engagement in the oldest job in the world: keeping hearth and home. … [Read more...] about ‘I look at the clock… it’s 3am’: Why can’t women sleep?
We are seeing increased investments coming into the ICT sector. When you look at the indicators, we are seeing an increase and we are contributing to the national GDP of the country. So when you look at the indicators, am very satisfied about what is going on. That is not to say that we are done. Definitely, we have a long way to go and what is important is that we are heading in the right direction and we are seeing the result and that is a good spot. … [Read more...] about Broadband: We need partnership in funding infrastructure roll-out — Johnson
The premiere marks the reality competition's 18th season overall, but it is only its third season airing on ABC. The show—created by former American Idol judge Simon Cowell—originally debuted on Fox in the summer of 2002. ABC acquired the rights to the program in 2017, during which time it began airing in the winter and was expanded to include more judges and an in-house mentor. … [Read more...] about How to Watch ‘American Idol’ 2020 Premiere: Live Stream, Auditions, Airtime and More Show Info