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By Joan Torres

By 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise to over 9 billion, with 2 billion people above the age of 60. Governments have agreed on a very ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals to address the challenges inherent in population growth of this magnitude.

Recent estimates by the World Health Organization published in The Lancet state that reaching SDG 3 — which addresses healthy lives and well-being — would require new investments increasing over time from an initial $134 billion annually to $371 billion by 2030 in order to address the health challenges for 67 low- and middle-income countries.

To put this number in perspective: About the magnitude of this amount, the total global development aid across all sectors reached an all-time peak of $142.6 billion in 2016, an increase of 8.9 percent from 2015 after adjusting for exchange rates and inflation.

It is clear that no single government, civil society, or the private sector can foot this bill. New mindsets, technologies, models for collaboration, financing, and delivery approaches are needed to ensure all people receive the care that they need. The good news is that we have already seen a few projects successfully tackling challenges of similar magnitude.

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By Joan Torres

Autonomous vehicle technology often prompts discussions about profit, safety, efficiency, jobs, and more. But this innovation can change millions of lives today without introducing a single car to the road. Think: self-driving wheelchairs.

People with mobility challenges dream of autonomy. Assistive technology is crucial for our independence, for helping us succeed in the workplace, live meaningful lives, and get through everyday tasks that would otherwise be impossible. Self-driving wheelchairs would provide entirely new levels of independence for people living with disability. What's more, this technology exists and is even affordable. The primary obstacle is a lack of investment from the tech community.

Silicon Valley sees itself as developing technology that improves lives. It’s also famous for innovation and firsts. Self-driving wheelchairs represent an excellent opportunity for tech companies and venture capitalists to invest in a growing industry while simultaneously transforming the lives of millions.

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By Joan Torres

How will AI shape the average North American city by 2030? A panel of experts assembled as part of a century-long study into the impact of AI thinks its effects will be profound.

The One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence is the brainchild of Eric Horvitz, technical fellow and a managing director at Microsoft Research.

Every five years a panel of experts will assess the current state of AI and its future directions. The first panel, comprised of experts in AI, law, political science, policy, and economics, was launched last fall and decided to frame their report around the impact AI will have on the average American city. Here’s how they think it will affect eight key domains of city life in the next fifteen years.

Jürgen Schmidt
3 months ago
Jürgen Schmidt
Smart Consultant

A smart city is a concept in which information and communication technology integrate with "Internet of Things" (IoT) technology to connect machine components across an urban landscape.

A smart city plan has the potential to improve city infrastructures by minimizing costs, foster innovation and better management of urban assets, and overall improve the quality of life for citizens. Efforts around this visionary model are proliferating throughout the world , with the global smart city market anticipated to double in value to $1.4 trillion by 2020.

An effective smart city impacts every aspect of its designated area, from below street level to the air quality breathed by its citizens. Information is captured and analyzed, with trends identified from various data patterns.

At present, advancements in mobile and digital technology are allowing intelligent and connected medical devices to be employed, all with the objective of fostering a more comprehensive view of community healt...

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Julian Sandler
3 months ago
Julian Sandler
Smart City Expert

The Nature Conservancy released a report, "Funding Trees for Health," which highlights the benefits of planting trees in cities to improve air quality, minimize urban heat island effects, support water quality and create more aesthetic environments, among other benefits.

The Conservancy believes there are four main barriers preventing cities from planting more trees: lack of knowledge about the benefits of trees; public concerns regarding falling limbs or criminal activity; a lack of financial resources; and siloed departments left to deal with the responsibility of tree planting.

While the Conservancy notes that the solutions to overcome these barriers vary by city, it broadly suggests directly linking forestry to health goals and objectives for financial and public support.

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