Issue No. 20 | 2018

News of tomorrow

People walking on the famous French boulevard Champs Elysees closed for car traffic. © Radu Razvan / Shutterstock
People walking on the famous French boulevard Champs Elysees closed for car traffic.

02.11.2018 | Onlineredaktion Berlin TXL

Paris gets to keep its car ban

In Paris, the Seine Quays can stay closed to cars after all. Mayor Anne Hidalgo shifted her defence of the pedestrianization plan, winning with an argument that a car ban protects the city’s heritage and tourism.

Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma?

In 2014 researchers at the MIT Media Lab designed an experiment called Moral Machine. The idea was to put the infamous “trolley problem” to millions of people in a global study. It reveals how much ethics diverge across cultures.

Living smart: A day in the life of a smart city resident

As nearly every city intends to become smart nowadays, it’s time to imagine what that actually means for the inhabitants. For the person who wakes up to life in a fully realized smart city, it’s indeed a brand-new dawn.

“City of surveillance“: privacy expert quits Toronto's smart-city project

The wired neighbourhood planned by Google sister Sidewalk Labs has raised questions over data protection. Now a leading consultant has left her role on the initiative to send a strong statement against the current privacy policy.

Renewable energy empowers consumers to take charge of their usage

Renewable energy is transforming the way electricity is generated and consumed. With more control being handed from public utilities to consumers, the grid simply cannot continue to operate in the same way.

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