Can you live car free?

November 20, 2019

A $140 million Arizona development is banning residents from bringing their own cars in favor of scooters, bikes and ride-sharing, testing demand for a new type of walkable neighborhood.

The 1,000-person rental community, which broke ground this month in Tempe, won’t allow residents to park cars on site or in the surrounding area as a term of their leases. The founders say it will be the first of its kind in the U.S.

The neighborhood’s scale will be modest, with mostly three-story buildings. In place of parking spaces, the development known as Culdesac Tempe will feature significantly more retail and open spaces than are typical for its size. It will include a market hall for food vendors, coffee shop, plazas, communal fire pits and a building that residents can rent to host events.

The site is next to a light rail that connects residents to a grocery store, Arizona State University, downtown Phoenix and the airport. There will also be designated spots for ride-sharing and an on-site car-sharing service for residents traveling to other neighborhoods.

Changing tastes and new technologies have fueled demand in recent years for neighborhoods downtown or in inner-ring suburbs where residents can walk to amenities. Concerns about the environmental and health impacts of automobiles and worsening congestion have taken the sheen off driving for more people. Millennials in particular are choosing travel and other experiences over the costs of car ownership.

“Transportation has changed a lot over the last decade and real estate hasn’t kept up,” said Ryan Johnson, co-founder and chief executive of the new developer, Culdesac. “Now there’s the chance for us to build the first post-car development.”

Single Point Perspective – Bike Rack

August 16, 2019

This is an example of single point perspective which has an important place in the history of art, as discovered in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Self Driving Trucks are Coming Your Way

August 16, 2019

UPS is experimenting with self driving tractor trailers, and they are not the only ones. FedEx is similarly experimenting but using a different technological approach. It is bound to happen, but have all the issues of safety, liability, and been worked out? It is just a matter of time, but what is that time frame?

The following article in the Wall Street Journal reports on the status of things today.

President Abraham Lincoln, Inventor

May 5, 2019

Lincoln is the only U.S. president to have registered a patent. His invention was for a device to help riverboats that ran aground on sandbars. He started work on the device in 1848 when he was a U.S. congressman representing Illinois, and he registered it in 1849. Apparently, he was traveling home from Washington when his boat got stuck on a sandbar, giving him the idea. There’s no indication that the device was ever marketed, but is a demonstration of his great creativity.

#trivia #Lincoln #inventions #uspresidents

Samsung reveals Galaxy S10 Series of Cellphones

February 21, 2019

Trouble deciding which Samsung cellphone might be right for you? Read the attached Wall Street Journal article which compares the features and costs of the new series of Galaxy S10 phones. It comes in four variations not counting the foldable phone which is coming out April 26.

The foldable cellphone will have tablet-size screen but will fold to pocket size – but be prepared to pay close to $2,000. See below.

#samsung #samsungphones #celltech #technews #earlyadopters

Robots Take Stock for Retailers

January 28, 2019

In pilot studies robots are being tested in retail establishments to check shelves for real time inventory control, and restocking.  It seems as if this is an application whose time has come.  #robotics #roboticsnews #technews #AInews

new job for robots- taking stock for retailers – wsj

Mesh Wi-Fi Kills Dead Zones

December 6, 2018

Mesh wi-fi systems explained and compared.  Joanna Stern, tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal field tested six mesh wi-fi routers and showed how they compare in various categories from signal strength to ease of use.  For the full article from the WSJ (12/6/18) clink on the link below.  #meshwifi #wifideadzones #meshrouters #joannastern

Kill Your Wi-Fi Dead Zones! The Best Mesh Systems for Your Home – WSJ

Irreproducibility Crisis in Science

September 27, 2018

Reproducibility of results is one of the prime building blocks of the scientific method.  A scientist doing the same experiment as another, under the same conditions, is expected to get confirming results.  Pressure on academicians to publish has led to a widespread irreproducibility crisis which has gotten past the peer review process in many cases.

Two common problems are p-hacking and HARKing.  “P-hacking involves running statistical analyses until they produce a statistically significant result; HARKing stands for “hypothesizing after the results are known.”  Everyone using statistics has to know that these are absolutely unacceptable practices.

The attached Wall Street Journal article is about a Cornell University professor, who had an excellent reputation until recently being exposed and being repudiated.

A Cornell Scientist_s Downfall – WSJ

Health Apps are the next “must haves.”

September 21, 2018

Apps to help you manage and protect your health and wellness are quickly going center stage.  From monitoring the amount of exercise you get, to monitoring your blood sugar and heart rate to the new heart monitors on the Apple Watch Series 4, health tech is changing fast.  This article from 9/19/18 gives just a glimpse.

Open Your App and Say ‘Ahh_ – WSJ

Facial Recognition Algorithms Not Perfect

September 18, 2018

Facial recognition programs are already being used but are not always quite ready, and nowhere near perfect.  This Wall Street Journal article (September 18, 2018) highlights some of the successes and failures of deployed facial recognition systems.  How perfect does it have to be to have value finding criminals in a crowd?l

Don_t Believe the Algorithm – WSJ