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NY and SF Mayors Announce Joint Tech Summits 27

Posted by timothy
from the guiding-hand-of-the-state dept.
First time accepted submitter Clarklteveno writes "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his San Francisco counterpart, Ed Lee, said at a news conference Friday that they are sponsoring a pair of technology summits over the next year. The mayors said the 'digital cities' summits — one in New York in September and another in San Francisco early next year — will seek to find ways to use technology to solve problems the cities face. The mayors made the announcement after touring the office of San Francisco-based mobile payment company Square with co-founder Jack Dorsey, who also helped found Twitter. Bloomberg pointed to power outages and dangerous winds and flooding from Hurricane Sandy as examples of issues the summits would seek to address."
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NY and SF Mayors Announce Joint Tech Summits

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  • Define "problems".
    • Re:Hmm.... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by reboot246 (623534) on Sunday June 16, 2013 @10:36AM (#44021649) Homepage

      Define "problems".

      Having either one of these two clowns as mayor.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      You read my mind.

      Hey NY:
      "How do we use technology to keep Bloomberg from being a complete and utter moron?"
      "How do we use technology to turn the stock market from a slot machine with nanosecond-precision timing into an investment market for stocks and bonds?"
      "How do we use technology to clean up New York so that it doesn't look like a landfill with people living in it?"

      Hey SF:
      "How do we use technology to make housing costs sane?"
      "How do we use technology to make electric cars affordable?"
      "How do we use tech

      • by Grishnakh (216268)

        I have to question a few of your points.

        "How do we use technology to clean up New York so that it doesn't look like a landfill with people living in it?"

        When was the last time you were in NYC, 1985? I can't speak about the Bronx or Queens, but Manhattan these days is a nice place, at least from what I've seen (I live in NJ, not far away, so I get over there occasionally). It's crowded, but so is every dense city in the world. They could stand to clean up some things though; the city is quite old, so a lo

      • by russotto (537200)

        "How do we use technology to keep Bloomberg from being a complete and utter moron?"

        Sorry, not possible.

        "How do we use technology to turn the stock market from a slot machine with nanosecond-precision timing into an investment market for stocks and bonds?"

        Turns out the stock market is actually in New Jersey, so not his department.

        "How do we use technology to clean up New York so that it doesn't look like a landfill with people living in it?"

        Drone strikes on everyone.

        "How do we use technology to make housing

    • Define "problems".

      Well, acute under-surveillance and a lack of red-light camera revenue...

    • by jopsen (885607)

      Define "problems".

      How about cars, can we get rid of them?

      It ought to be feasible to make proper public transport both safer and cleaner in big citites.
      (Eletric == Clean, self-driving on tracks == safer, how hard can it be)

  • by Anonymous Coward

    NY and SF Mayors Announce Joint Tech Summits

    What's wrong with just rolling them the old-fashioned way?

  • Just remember what happened when New York decided to use technology to solve a little payroll challenge [wnyc.org]...

    Hiring SAIC to do something was bad enough, letting the project get so out of hand that the cost increased by a factor of ten, half a billion dollars of which was recovered by the feds as being directly tainted by fraud...

    The rest of the participants should probably just tell mean jokes about the Bloomberg terminal's embarrassing little spying-on-customers-who-really-don't-like-that [businessinsider.com] problem until he goe

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Bloomberg will probably push facial recognition software for self serving soda fountains to prevent people from getting 2 small sodas instead of 1 large one.

    • Bloomberg will probably push facial recognition software for self serving soda fountains to prevent people from getting 2 small sodas instead of 1 large one.

      I don't know if Bloomberg just doesn't give a fuck about public perception of either issue, or whether the soda thing is a brilliant PR move: He's a walking trainwreck on civil liberties; but the one that leads the pack, front and center, is his terrifying war on our god-given right to Big Gulps. It's genius, really.

  • ... need to be dealt with before Google Glass hits the street.

  • The mayors said the 'digital cities' summits — one in New York in September and another in San Francisco early next year — will seek to find ways to use technology to solve problems the cities face.


    main()
    {
    printf("To solve the major problems the cities face:\n");
    printf("================\n");
    printf("Yokels, stop electing idiots.\n");
    }

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