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Sidewalk Labs plans to spin out more smart city companies

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs plans to spin out some of its smart city ideas into separate companies, CEO Daniel Doctoroff said today at Collision from Home conference. Doctoroff listed three potential companies: mass timber construction, affordable electrification sans fossil fuels, and planning tools optimized with machine learning and computation design. Last month, Sidewalk Labs killed its […]

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After the Coronavirus, These Spaces Will Make Cities More Resilient

Our shared economy depends most on what happens in between. By Nicholas de Monchaux Mr. de Monchaux is a professor and the incoming head of architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. May 12, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET div#scrolly-instance-1 p { font-size: 25px; text-align: center; text-shadow: none; padding-bottom: 50vh; margin-top: 50vh; line-height: 1.2; max-width: 450px; […]

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ProBeat: Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs won’t be the last to play the coronavirus card

Yesterday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs killed its Toronto smart city project. raincoats designed for buildings, heated pavement, and object-classifying cameras will not be traded for unprecedented data collection. Privacy advocates celebrated — Big Brother would not be gaining even more invasive power to surveil residents. But this story is far from over. Whether one hoped for […]

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Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs cancels Toronto smart city project over ‘unprecedented economic uncertainty’

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has pulled the plug on its Toronto “smart city” project, citing “unprecedented economic uncertainty” in a setback for the city’s long-planned waterfront revitalization. Sidewalk Labs had developed a proposal for a futuristic, data-driven city development along Toronto’s downtown lakeshore. It was working with a government-mandated agency, Waterfront Toronto, that planned […]

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Google Sibling Abandons Ambitious City of the Future in Toronto

OTTAWA — Citing the economic turmoil created by the coronavirus pandemic, a corporate sibling of Google said on Thursday that it had abandoned ambitious plans to create a sensor-laden, data driven city of tomorrow within Toronto. “It has become too difficult to make the 12-acre project financially viable without sacrificing core parts of the plan […]

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You Can’t Fight City Hall. But Maybe You Can Fight Google.

TORONTO — The announcement was big enough for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fly down to Toronto and deliver. A corporate sibling of Google had been selected to transform a largely abandoned port area in Toronto into an innovative, sensor-laden, tech-centric city of tomorrow. But almost from the time of its unveiling, the project — […]

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