Building new options to the extractivist sharing model

By Nathan Schneider, 21 Dec 2014 Image from OpenSource.com’s post, “Don’t Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model.“ One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, …

Transit trends to watch + reducing need for roads

By Paul Supawanich on Remix Blog 31 Dec 2016 1) Managing first-mile/last mile gap solutions The first and last mile of the transit trip has been a challenge for decades. The culprit? A lack of pedestrian infrastructure and street connectivity, a challenging mix of land uses, or all of the above. Traditionally, a transit agency’s role in delivering passengers to their final destination …

Flood frequency diminishing in the southern half of most of the US, except Florida and the Gulf, while increasing across the northern US and central Midwest

A new study finds the threat of flooding is increasing in the northern half of the United States and declining in the South. The findings are based on water-height measurements at 2,042 stream and rivers, compared to NASA data showing the amount of water stored in the ground. A University of Iowa study has found that the risk of flooding …

More than one-third of schoolchildren are homeless in shadow of Silicon Valley

Tech economy is drawing new inhabitants and businesses but is contributing to dislocation, leaving families, teachers and even principals with housing woes.  Cross-posted from The Guardian, Dec 2016. In most places, the Chavez family would be an exception – but in the school district that includes East Palo Alto, their plight is not uncommon. Photograph: Alastair Gee for the Guardian …

47% of Jobs Will Disappear in the next 25 Years, According to Oxford University

By PHILIP PERRY, 27 Dec 2016, Big Think British Musicians. Ms. Dynamite. Getty Images. The Trump campaign ran on bringing jobs back to American shores, although mechanization has been the biggest reason for manufacturing jobs’ disappearance. Similar losses have led to populist movements in several other countries. But instead of a pro-job growth future, economists across the board predict further losses …

Ford to grow AV test fleet to 90 cars this year, toward fully autonomous vehicle for ridesharing and ride-hailing services in 2021

Ford’s new development vehicle brings Ford a step closer in its commitment to offer a fully autonomous vehicle in 2021 for ride-sharing and ride-hailing services. For now, the car still comes with a steering wheel and pedals — equipment our ride-sharing vehicles ultimately won’t include.  An expanded fleet is accelerating our real-world testing already taking place on the roads in Michigan, California …