Various important improvements in big city life are planned by Google’s original founders. These include more bike paths, parks and recreational facilities not to mention a whole lot more.
Larry Page, one of the original founders of Google, posted some words of what Google has in the works for the cities of the world.
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For one thing, such amenities as affordable residential areas, mass transportation, cleaner air and greener scenery are just the tip of the iceberg. Safe bike and pedestrian pathways and faster means of reaching one’s destination are some other projects in the pipeline.
Larry spoke in his post of how dashboards that lend insight into traffic situations and tools that provide clues into the city’s hot spots were being developed by computer designers.
The fact that traffic patterns determine where one wants to spend the rest of one’s life happens to be another factor that enters the cityscape equation. Larry announced the founding of Sidewalk Labs by Google.
The aim of Sidewalk Labs is to improve big city life by pumping some specialized technology into its substructure and superstructure. Everything from luxurious living models to transportation solutions will be debated upon and planned in depth.
Sidewalk Labs have huge projects in the making and the futuristic vistas of the scheme are such that the cities of 2050 are ready for radical changes in their infrastructure.
There will be population pressures the likes of which humanity has never seen before. And as for the problems of water, sanitation and food not to mention entertainment, they have hardly been given any serious thought.
Dan Doctoroff will be the CEO of Sidewalk Labs, which will be based in New York City. Dan is the former CEO of Bloomberg LP and Deputy Mayor of Economic Development and Rebuilding for the City of New York, and Google.
Sidewalk Labs is just another one of the dents in the universe made by Google. Among Google’s earlier exploits may be included: driverless cars, Net facility balloons and wearable eyeglasses. The Google moon-shot is the hallmark of the search engine giant and this time it has squarely hit the nail on the head.
Announcing Sidewalk Labs, Dan said: “We are at the beginning of a historic transformation in cities. At a time when the concerns about urban equity, costs, health and the environment are intensifying, unprecedented technological change is going to enable cities to be more efficient, responsive, flexible and resilient. We hope that Sidewalk will play a major role in developing technology products, platforms and advanced infrastructure that can be implemented at scale in cities around the world.”
Larry Page said: “By improving urban technology, it’s possible to significantly improve the lives of billions of people around the world. With Sidewalk, we want to supercharge existing efforts in areas such as housing, energy, transportation and government to solve real problems that city-dwellers face every day. Every time I talk with Dan I feel an amazing sense of opportunity because of his passion for all the ways technology can help transform cities to be more livable, flexible and vibrant. And when you combine that with his experience as an investor, in NYC government, and as CEO of the large information company Bloomberg LP, I can’t imagine a better person to lead these efforts.”
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