smartercities:

Open Data’s Road to Better Transit | Government Technology
Data is everywhere. It now costs less to capture, store and process data than ever before, thanks to better technology and economies of scale. And more than ever, the public expects government to use data to improve its services. Increasingly, government’s problem is not capturing the data, but having sufficient resources to clean and analyze the information in order to address issues, improve performance and make informed decisions.

smartercities:

Open Data’s Road to Better Transit | Government Technology

Data is everywhere. It now costs less to capture, store and process data than ever before, thanks to better technology and economies of scale. And more than ever, the public expects government to use data to improve its services. Increasingly, government’s problem is not capturing the data, but having sufficient resources to clean and analyze the information in order to address issues, improve performance and make informed decisions.

DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge

From June 17-21, 2013, teams in DARPA’s Virtual Robotics Challenge tested software designs to control a simulated ATLAS robot in a three-dimensional, virtual environment through a series of tasks modeled on what activities might be required in a real disaster response situation. The test environment, the DARPA Simulator, was developed for DARPA by the Open Source Robotics Foundation. The Simulator monitors and displays the physical and sensory behaviors of robots in real time. Data communication between the virtual robot and the teams was varied to reflect degraded communications in an actual disaster zone. Twenty-six teams from eight countries qualified to compete, and up to six winning teams will receive funding and an ATLAS robot from DARPA to compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials in December 2013.

The Simulator uses physics-based models of inertia, actuation, contact and environment dynamics to simulate a robot’s motion through an environment. Following the DARPA Robotics Challenge, DARPA intends for the Simulator to be a legacy tool for the robotics community, available for broad use to support invention of robot applications.

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Digital Malaysia is the government agency tasked with developing Malaysia as a digital nation towards 2020. One of its 8 current major initiatives is in using crowdsourcing to give work and opportunities to the least advantaged 40% of the population. The overall strategic framework is to focus on both competitiveness and social equity and inclusiveness. This has lead to the idea of what they call ‘microsourcing’ as a way of providing incremental revenue to the poor. The target is households of incomes less than RM2,300 (US$750) per month, including homemakers, retirees, unemployed,disabled, prison inmates

smartercities:

Tallinn’s free public transport leads to sharp fall in city traffic | CitiesToday
Within four months of initiating free public transport, the city of Tallinn in Estonia has seen a fall of 15 percent in traffic, including 7,600 fewer cars entering the city, and an increase of 14 percent in public transport use.

smartercities:

Tallinn’s free public transport leads to sharp fall in city traffic | CitiesToday

Within four months of initiating free public transport, the city of Tallinn in Estonia has seen a fall of 15 percent in traffic, including 7,600 fewer cars entering the city, and an increase of 14 percent in public transport use.

The combination of Obamacare regulations, incentives in the recovery act for doctors and hospitals to shift to electronic records and the releasing of mountains of data held by the Department of Health and Human Services is creating a new marketplace and platform for innovation — a health care Silicon Valley — that has the potential to create better outcomes at lower costs by changing how health data are stored, shared and mined. It’s a new industry.

joshbyard:

DARPA Robot Hands Dextrous Enough to Use Tools, Change a Tire

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a robot that can change a tire, picking up the tire, getting it off and on the (simulated) wheel and using the lug wrench. This may sound pretty simple, but the point isn’t the changing of the tire — it’s holding the tools.
Robots that can hold tools are a lot more versatile than those built for a specific task, because then they can adapt to doing whatever is asked of them — instead of a robot that only tightens nuts, it’s possible to ask one to pick up a screwdriver as well.

(via Robot Changes Tires So You Don’t Have To : Discovery News)

joshbyard:

DARPA Robot Hands Dextrous Enough to Use Tools, Change a Tire

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has a robot that can change a tire, picking up the tire, getting it off and on the (simulated) wheel and using the lug wrench. This may sound pretty simple, but the point isn’t the changing of the tire — it’s holding the tools.

Robots that can hold tools are a lot more versatile than those built for a specific task, because then they can adapt to doing whatever is asked of them — instead of a robot that only tightens nuts, it’s possible to ask one to pick up a screwdriver as well.

(via Robot Changes Tires So You Don’t Have To : Discovery News)

(via joshbyard)