Bruce Sterling’s scathing editorial in The Atlantic on the future of “Smart Cities” uses London’s many smart city initiatives as a kind of measuring stick for the janky and dysfunctional future of civic automation: a city that throws great smart city conferences while its actual infrastructure is a mess of “empty skyscrapers, creepy CCTVRead More
There are about 4,200,000 surveillance cameras in United Kingdom. According to a feature in Wired UK, police want to take an even closer look.
The West Yorkshire Police Service is currently testing a mobile fingerprint scanning system that’s connected to databases containing the fingerprints of 12 million immigrants and criminals. 250 mobile fingerprint scannersRead More
Kevin J Davis is the leader of the Council for the London Borough of Kingston-Upon-Thames; his son Cameron Davis’s Linkedin profile shows that he is now a Trainee Development Manager at CNM Estates, a major contractor to the Borough of Kensington.
James Giles is a teenaged “anti-overdevelopment” activist asked Councillor Davis aboutRead More
Two trees in a fancy neighbourhood in Bristol, UK have had strips of anti-bird spikes nailed to their branches, rendering them “literally uninhabitable” by local wildlife, according to local Green Party councillor Paula O’Rourke.
One resident, who asked to remain anonymous, confirmed the spikes were “solely to to protect cars”, which includeRead More
Goldstone Books, an online used-book seller in Wales, spruced up their offices with this gorgeous reception desk skinned with books. (via Blog on the Bookshelf)
Matthew Combs, a Fordham University Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station grad student worked with colleagues from Fordham and the Providence College Department of Biology to sequence theRead More
Sometimes, when life gets a bit much, all you really want to do is dance in the middle of the road to the sweet, pulsing rhythms of Vengaboys. In the early hours of Sunday morning, Jordan Cairns shared a Facebook Live video from the streets of Cheltenham, UK. The clip shows Cairns and his friendsRead More