Tag: sidewalk-labs

The Case for ‘Dumb’ Cities

TORONTO — Like a classroom full of overachieving students, cities around the world are racing to declare themselves “smart” — using sensors, data and ubiquitous cameras to make themselves more efficient, safe and sustainable. Perhaps the most famous initiative is here in Toronto, where Sidewalk Labs, a sibling company to Google, recently released a 1,500-page […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs backs Umbrella, a community marketplace for boomers

Roughly 55 million people in the U.S. are 65 or older, which comes to around 16% of the population. Between the 2000 and 2010 census, the 65+ age group increased by 15.1% — notably greater than the 9.7% growth rate attributed to the broader population. As people get older, key questions around living arrangements inevitably […]

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Smile, Your City Is Watching You

Walking through the streets of New York City, you can feel the thrill of being lost in the crowd. As throngs of people filter past, each going about their days, it seems possible to blend in without being noticed. But as municipalities and companies pursue the dream of “smart cities,” creating hyper-connected urban spaces designed […]

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Sidewalk Labs’ 1,500-Page Plan for Toronto Is a Democracy Grenade

After 18 months of high-profile resignations, local resistance, and lots of “listening,” Google-affiliate Sidewalk Labs finally released its master plan to redevelop a swath of Toronto’s waterfront as a sensor-laden neighbourhood on Monday. The master plan, cheerily dubbed “Toronto Tomorrow,” is the most detailed look at Sidewalk Labs’s plans for Toronto yet. Its release kicks […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs unveils 1,524-page development plan for Toronto’s waterfront

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs today unveiled its draft Master Innovation and Development Plan (MIDP) for Toronto’s eastern waterfront. The 1,524-page plan proposes thermal energy grids, factory-based construction of timber buildings, and a mobility network with heated bike lanes and adaptive traffic signals. You can download the full plan, titled Toronto Tomorrow: A New Approach for Inclusive […]

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Trash-Picking Robots? Park Bench Monitors? Toronto Debates Tech Giant’s Waterfront Plans

Citizens’ groups have challenged it and privacy advocates have wrung their hands, asking whether Toronto was taking its embrace of technology too far by allowing a sibling company of Google to help remake a rundown part of its waterfront. But specifics have been incomplete about the project in the year and half since the company […]

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