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As the technology behind artificial intelligence continues to advance and expand into more markets and applications, the ethical ramifications behind this scientific breakthrough are becoming more complicated. Recently, the New York Times released a short documentary titled “A.I. Is Making It Easier to Kill (You). Here’s How.” Once you get past the alarmist title, the video raises serious dilemmas about improving this technology that major powers are weaponizing to gain an edge in modern war. Killer robots and automated driverless drones are already being used today around the world to increase the efficiency of the army in possession of the…


These electric mopeds have been the subject of both intense criticism and praise for the fun, convenient, and possibly dangerous ride they provide any adult with a driver’s license in New York City or Washington, D.C. In this article, I will outline the benefits and disadvantages of a new type of vehicle sharing the streets, and examine the effects Revel scooters have on pedestrian safety and the for-hire market.

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Micro-mobility is seen as an essential way to fill the gaps in existing transportation infrastructure in cities. One of the hottest trends in micro-mobility taking New York by storm is e-bikes and scooters, such as Revel scooters. Initially developed to help citizens cope with the stress caused by the repairs on the L train tunnel, or the “L-pocalypse”, Revel provides users with app-based rentable moped-like scooters. Revel scooters are regulated like mopeds and share the street with cars and trucks, reaching speeds of up to 30 miles per hour and distances of about 60 miles.

However, in New York City…


The term “climate gentrification” was first used by lawyer and professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Jesse M. Keenan. Climate gentrification refers to a new urban crisis affecting cities all over the world.

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A person walks through a flooded street in downtown Miami (Source: Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

“The basic idea is that substitute investments in less vulnerable or highly resilient urban areas will operate to accelerate speculative investment, fueling gentrification and displacement. As the impacts of climate change drive people away from afflicted areas, these residents relocate to — and gentrify — less-vulnerable neighborhoods.”

One of the regions most impacted by both climate change and gentrification is Miami-Dade County, Florida. Miami’s priciest real estate has historically been located on the coastlines due to the scenic beach views. The working-class residents and new immigrants typically could only afford to live in mainland Miami. However, with climate change causing…


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Hearing the phrase “artificial intelligence” instantly brings to mind dystopian science fiction movies with overly advanced robots developing consciousness and taking over humanity. However, this is merely just an exaggeration of one of the uses for AI. Artificial intelligence is being used in cities all throughout the world, and being incorporated into policy and planning in order to solve problems that are either too difficult, too time-consuming, or require too many resources for humans to work on alone.

A perfect example of this is an app developed by an Australian company, SenSen Networks in order to help reduce the instances…


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Critics of the program warn it will lead police to make arrests based on a bias. Proponents say that the analysis and interpretation of data will help police effectively manage their scarce resources.

It sounds like something out of the dystopian movie Minority Report, but crime prediction analysis is already occurring or in development at 14 police forces in the United Kingdom. Started as a project called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS) run by West Midlands Police, the analytics program is becoming more popular in the UK to the horror and fascination of some citizens. A popular fashion magazine Dazed even said that the program had “robocop vibes”. So how does this controversial predictive software work?


Critics of the program warn it will lead police to make arrests based on a bias. Proponents say that the analysis and interpretation of data will help police best use and manage their scarce resources.

It sounds like something out of a dystopian movie like Minority Report, but crime prediction analysis is already occurring or in development at 14 police forces in the United Kingdom. Started as a project called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS) run by West Midlands Police, the analytics program is becoming more popular in the UK, to the horror and fascination of some citizens.

Through the NDAS program, the West Midlands Police force has formed its own in-house data lab with a team of full-time data scientists to conduct the analysis and interpretation of the data.

Haven Miller

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