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“Sharing economy” firms like Uber and Airbnb were seeing surging growth and predictions they would reshape several economic sectors. Then the pandemic hit.
The coronavirus, in forcing a swath of humanity to shelter in place for weeks on end, may very well accelerate digital sequestration and seal us more deeply in the glow of our screen-enabled confines.
The coronavirus pandemic sweeping across the planet will force city authorities and planners to more seriously consider factors such as population density, technology, food security and inadequate housing, urban experts said.
Lithium from batteries that power smartphones, tablets and electric cars may contaminate tap water, a Korean study suggests.
Driverless transport, underground shops, heated bike paths, armed street patrols – this is not the setting for a dystopian novel but it could soon be the city where you live.
Whether it is to monitor traffic, prevent petty theft in restaurants or monitor public safety in parks – residents can be sure there is a camera following their every move. As of 2019 Chongqing had about 2.58 million surveillance cameras covering 15.35 million people.
Hangzhou’s Binjiang district is home to three of China’s biggest surveillance camera makers. Hikvision, Dahua and Uniview benefited from rise in demand for surveillance after 9/11 terror attacks.
In 2015, when Antony Alex pitched his training products for tackling sexual harassment in the workplace, large and small businesses in India mostly turned him away saying it was not worth the investment.
Bill Gates thinks toilets are a serious business, and he’s betting big that a reinvention of this most essential of conveniences can save a half million lives and deliver US$200bil (RM835.10bil)-plus in savings.
Vast quantities of raw satellite imagery and data will be distilled into an online platform showing how water ecosystems have changed, and how countries can manage them to prevent further loss, said Google and the United Nations.