San Quentin has 3,000 volunteers for an incarcerated population of about 4,000. The men can sign up to perform Shakespeare, learn anger management, get addiction therapy, do yoga and meditation, learn an instrument, work on the prison newspaper and radio program and take college courses. Research on the effects is spotty, but studies suggest that participants in such programs are far less likely to end up back in prison.
Notable among these offerings is the Last Mile, the first program to teach inmates software-engineering skills. The idea is to earn inmates a little money doing contract code writing for nearby Silicon Valley while they are still incarcerated and, more important, to prepare them for a hungry tech-job market when released.
A nice thing about Infor events is they allow me time in Manhattan and even better with two superb guides in Bill Kutik of Human Resource Executive and Rob Kugel of Ventana Research. Both spent decades in NYC and are full of trivia about the gardens, squares and skyscrapers.
I was reminded of something Rob said about the city always being in flux as I walked around town. So much has changed since my first visit here in early 80s, and yet so much is the same.
The Yellow Cab is still too cramped but now it does take credit cards and has digital displays which remind you there is no Uber like surge pricing. And yes, now Uber is here and as efficient as in other cities.
Public phones still persist! Most of them, however, mostly work off phone or credit cards. The coin slots are not sealed off so presume you can still use those.
The city is much more tourist friendly with maps like this
What the maps don't show is the ubiquitous newsstands. No Digital Transformation there!
The phones and maps will gradually be replaced by Link towers. Each Link will provide superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions.
The parking meter has evolved. But even better, bike sharing has taken off.
The subway now has elevators and even wireless!
I think the town has always been a great place and I hope they never finish building it!
Buyers and sellers on EBay use the site’s automated dispute-resolution tool to settle 60 million claims every year. Now, some countries are deploying similar technology to let people negotiate divorces, landlord-tenant disputes, and other legal conflicts, without hiring lawyers or going to court.
Couples in the Netherlands can use an online platform to negotiate divorce, custody, and child-support agreements. Similar tools are being rolled out in England and Canada. British Columbia is setting up an online Civil Resolution Tribunal this summer to handle condominium disputes; it will eventually process almost all small-claims cases in the province. Until now, says Suzanne Anton, the province’s minister of justice, “if you had a complaint about noise or water coming through your ceiling, you might have to go to the Supreme Court,” spending years and thousands of dollars to get a ruling.
For decades, Taiwan has been the go-to place for HP, Dell, and others that need efficient production of computers and their components. But with PC sales falling worldwide, many Taiwanese companies are trying to stem their losses by appealing to one group of customers who still rely on desktops: PC gamers who want specialized, high-powered rigs. Some companies are selling models with features designed for gameplay; others are focusing on players who custom-build their PCs.
Gamers care less about price than ordinary PC buyers do. “You want to have the features, you want to have it now, you want to have it just right, and you’re willing to pay for it,” says Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Anand Srinivasan. Computers for gamers account for 5 percent to 8 percent of total PC shipments, Srinivasan says, but average selling prices can be two to three times higher than those for ordinary machines. PC shipments worldwide fell 10.6 percent in 2015, according to market-research firm IDC, in part because of the growing popularity of smartphones.
National Geographic Expeditions and The Wall Street Journal are hosting a 19 day trip via private Boeing 757 jet and stays at some of the best hotels on the itinerary. Some of the highlights:
Discover a futuristic fusion of technology and nature at Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, and wander among its soaring, solar-powered “supertrees.”
Explore Jaipur, India alongside National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Jared Diamond and WSJ India Bureau Chief Gordon Fairclough, and gain insights into population dynamics and economic evolution.
Join National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala in the Seychelles and discover how satellite imaging and new techniques in habitat restoration are helping protect these pristine islands.
Observe Rwanda’s gorillas in the wild, and meet WSJ science writer Robert Lee Holtz and two National Geographic Emerging Explorers to learn about new technologies that are improving the lives of both people and wildlife in Africa.
If you have to ask how much it costs, well maybe it’s not for you I estimate about $ 100,000 per person, double occupancy.
This may look like a fun tree house. But look closer and you find all kinds of high-tech security including a biometric fingerprint lock
“Unique to this project was the high site security required by the client. “Someone from the client’s security detail remained with our craftsmen at every moment — even to the toilet or while waiting outside of the door to enter. My staff was required to hand in their passports, mobile phones and cameras to armed security personnel at the main entrance,” says Payne.”
In March, BMW marked its centennial—and a century of technological rivalry with Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz. In newspaper ads, Benz, which can lay claim to having invented the car in 1886, congratu-mocked its Bavarian archenemy: “Thanks for 100 years of competition. The 30 years before that were a little dull.” That’s like M-B doing doughnuts on BMW’s driveway.
Pitsiladis considered these forecasts to be overly conservative. He started his Sub2 Project in late 2014 with i website, fund-raising and the recruitment of scientists. He believed his goal could be achieved by the end of 2019 — years earlier than commonly thought possible
.His consortium of scientists would use the latest knowledge — and develop culling-edge approaches — in nutrition, biomechanics, genetics, running efficiency, training, race strategy and sports medicine to deliver a sub-two-hour marathon. Incremental gains here and there, the scientists believed, could add up to a startling accomplishment. And perhaps new technology and knowledge would emerge for broader benefits, as when man raced toward the moon.
The Sub2 experts would use data to confront habit, tradition, consensus. They would tailor training programs to individuals, employing science to help runners from Ethiopia and Kenya and elsewhere who had had fantastic performances using little science.
The 18,000 containers aboard a vast new vessel unveiled this month by shipping giant CMA CGM are more than just climate-controlled cargo boxes. Embedded with technology from French IoT startup TRAXENS, each container is a smart connected object, able to share data with other containers, with the crew’s mobile devices, and with company HQ in Marseille. The devices relay the container’s location, temperature, humidity level, vibrations, any impacts or attempted break ins, and customs clearance status. Monitoring all that for every one of the 5 to 6 million containers in transit on the world’s oceans at any given moment would be a data revolution. It will eventually happen.
But other technologies will also soon transform how the world’s 100,000-plus ocean-going merchant ships are managed, operated, and maintained. Consulting and services firm Lloyd’s Register says the carrier of the future will be “smarter, data driven, greener…fully connected wirelessly onboard, and digitally connected through global satellites.”
Such ships might also be unmanned. Lloyd’s predicts tankers and cargo carriers will be guided by sensors, automation, big data, and global networks. Indeed, Rolls-Royce got to work this summer on a $7.5 million research project for the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation to produce specs and designs for a fully remote-controlled ship.
“If you still think Chinese tech companies are only about replicating the innovations that others have made, then you've got some catching up to do. Today's Chinese tech sector is filled with a number of disruptive companies that are not only competing but leaping ahead in the race to build better products and use tech to solve important problems.
I spent a week in Beijing in April, meeting with Chinese companies, talking with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from across the globe, and getting a look inside some of the most important innovators on the Chinese mainland at GMIC Beijing 2016.”
He mentions Alibaba, Baidu, Didi, Hauwei, Tencent and several others. GMIC is the CES equivalent in China