Public Art Marks Hurricane Evacuation Spots In New... →
“People may think the waving guys are beautiful, and others may think they’re ugly,” the director of the project, Robert Fogarty, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “In either scenario, they at least remember where it was—and that’s what matters.”
UN: $2.5 Trillion in Disaster Losses Since 2000 →
“Our startling finding is that direct losses from floods, earthquakes and drought have been underestimated by at least 50 percent,” Ban said. “So far this century, direct losses from disasters are in the range of $2.5 trillion. This is unacceptable when we have the knowledge to reduce the losses and benefit from the gains.”
Today’s anthem: Graduation Day.
Half of 2012 Natural Disaster Losses from US
Disaster Losses hit $138B in 2012: UN Global losses from natural disasters hit $138 billion in 2012, with half the sum claimed by drought and Hurricane Sandy in the United States, the UN said Thursday. Hurricane Sandy, which lashed the US east coast in October, caused some $50 billion of the losses recorded in 2012, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) said. The next most costly...
Google's Wonderful Viral Strategy
Is hardware a Google priority or just another means to an end? Does Google see itself competing with Apple and others in the realm of hardware or are Android and Chrome OS based devices just another alternative that allow users to enjoy Google’s internet services? My confusion comes from TechCrunch reporting that Google Android chief Andy Rubin yesterday shot down rumors of the company’s...
Driverless Cars and Jevon's Paradox
When I think about future technologies that really excite me, driverless cars are at the top of the list. In an urban setting, the confluence of automation, collaborative consumption, mobile internet devices, and fleet electrification indicate a future where I wouldn’t need to own my own car, but instead could order a driverless taxi to deliver me to a destination without ever having to...