Smart city tech: focus on healthcare, internet, and education

 

Smart city technologies and policies cover the gamut, from traffic management to water quality control and from regulation of scooters to facial recognition software.

To prioritize (somewhat), Fierce Electronics asked experts where attention needs to be focused in coming months and years. Some of their answers were not surprising, such as putting a strong emphasis on using technology to improve health insurance and healthcare as the world comes out of a global pandemic.  But other answers were surprising.

Amid a push in Washington for a massive infrastructure package expected from the Biden administration and suggestions by a think tank for spending billions to sponsor smart city competitions among large, medium and small cities, there appears to be a revitalization of interest in the smart city arena, even as some vendors have recently retrenched.

Sanjeet Pandit, global head of smart cities for Qualcomm:

“We need three things. I call it

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The Coursera IPO and Why Every University Should Publish an S-1

As a social demographer, I was trained to think about risk. If you read Coursera’s S-1, the SEC filing required for any company preparing to offer shares in a public offering, you will understand that the process is all about risk communication.

Nonprofits don’t go public. You can’t buy stock in colleges and universities. Nonprofit higher education can’t look to investors (at least directly) to fund operations and growth.

As a tribe, academics tend to be wary of market-based capitalism. (Except economists and business school professors, who benefit most from the academic market for their services.) We academics want values and mission to drive our institutions and industry more than market forces. And so it should be.

We in higher ed can learn from the for-profit world (among many areas) from the transparency that an IPO requires. A clear, unvarnished and public articulation of organizational risk factors can be

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