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An integrated perspective on the future of mobility

August 21, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure

Rolling along: Bicycles, mobility, and the future of cities

A number of social, economic, and technological trends will work together to disrupt mobility, potentially creating three new urban models by 2030.

To view a city from above is to observe a world in motion. Trains carry people to and from work; taxis circulate in abstract patterns; trucks deliver goods and carry away garbage; pedestrians hustle down city blocks ; cyclists zip through traffic. Mobility is the lifeblood of our cities and essential for urban life.

Yet, our desire for mobility has consequences: cities can be noisy, congested, and prone to smog . Far too many urban residents spend hours […]

Richard MacManus: What to do when AI takes your job

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Experts predict that AI will be able to drive a truck by 2027, work in retail by 2031, and work as a surgeon by 2053. AARON BERNSTEIN/REUTERS

OPINION: Artificial intelligence is never far away from the news in 2017, with most reports highlighting its dangers.

There’s no shortage of celebrity scaremongers, including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. "If you’re not concerned about AI safety, you should be," he said recently. He added that AI presents "vastly more risk than North Korea".Well, not in the short term. AI is still decades away from attaining human-level intelligence – if it ever […]

Honest financing as a path to economic mobility and social justice

August 20, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: not sure


Societal health can be assessed by a handful of factors: economic mobility (is the current generation earning more than their parents did?), upward mobility (the rate of which an individual can improve their own socioeconomic status), productivity (how efficiently one can earn income) and lastly, whether they have sufficient access to the resources and tools required to advance one’s position.

The last element, accessibility, is arguably one of the most important factors in a healthy society.

When an individual does not have access to the tools and/or resources necessary for their personal advancement, they’re left with two possible outcomes; they can […]

12 Data Tools to Help Americans Climb the Economic Ladder

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


In a 2014 report , the White House noted the immense potential of information available in large, public datasets to improve people’s lives. But these data are far too complex to use unless they’re filtered, curated, and presented in way that’s easy to grasp. To that end, the White House just kicked off its Opportunity Project , which offers several user-friendly data-based tools to help Americans gain knowledge they need to climb the economic ladder.

“Using this data, we can put transit stops where they’re needed, draw school boundaries more inclusively, invest in long-neglected sidewalks and streets, and ensure that […]

Caste and economic mobility in India

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


Caste networks play a crucial role in shaping economic mobility in India and can either support or hinder mobility, depending on the circumstances

The caste system is arguably the most distinctive feature of Indian society. The Indian population is divided into four hierarchical classes, or varnas , with a large sub-population of untouchables excluded entirely from the system. Within each of these classes, and among the untouchables, are thousands of castes, or jatis . The central rule in Hindu society is that individuals must marry within their own caste. Recent genetic evidence indicates that this rule has been followed for […]

N.J. social justice group: After Charlottesville, you must speak out! | Opinion

August 19, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad


By Demelza Baer

Last Saturday, the nation watched with horror and trepidation as white supremacists from across the country descended on Charlottesville to protest the plan by local officials to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee.

Many of the white supremacists arrived brandishing flags and symbols of the Confederacy and Nazi Germany, openly bearing weapons, and shouting racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic chants. That day, one of the marchers allegedly drove his car into a large crowd of counter-protesters, killing Heather D. Heyer, and injuring many others. That same day, two state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper Berke […]

Ford’s CEO wants to transform how people get around in cities — but not with robot cars

August 18, 2017 ·  · Topic: Economic Mobility  · Relevance: bad

Jim Hackett Ford

Ford CEO Jim Hackett. Ford • Ford CEO Jim Hackett is an advocate of "design thinking"

• He has a lot of credibility in Silicon Valley.

• But his approach might be at odds with the tech industry’s metabolism. Ford CEO Jim Hackett feels your pain.Seriously, if you live in a big city, Hackett intends to put the 100-plus-year-old automaker on a path to alleviating your transportation suffering.But he doesn’t want to use robot cars."When you paint the robots as perfect and humans as imperfect, we’ve made a big mistake," Hackett said at Ford’s City of […]