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Can Big Data eradicate poverty?

Author | Arantxa Herranz How many people live in poverty in the world? This is a difficult figure to calculate, but recent estimates indicate that 736 million people live on less than $1.90 a day. Although this figure has fallen in recent years, the number of vulnerable people is expected to rise ...
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The (high) energy price of mass data storage

Author | Jaime Ramos Could humanity be living a particular and covert digital Diogenes syndrome? This question may seem somewhat convoluted. To unravel it, it is worth looking at one of the concerning consequences of existing data storage systems: their environmental impact. The exponential growth of Big Data (in every aspect) The relationship ...

EMER²GENT: data sharing to boost the economy after the pandemic

Author | Arantxa Herranz Can an airplane engine manufacturing company like Rolls-Royce, greatly affected by the current situation, do anything to boost the economy after the pandemic caused by COVID-19? The answer is a categorical yes. The aerospace giant is, after all, a major advocate of the digital transformation, and it ...
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Big data bursts onto the healthcare scene

Author | M. Martínez Euklidiadas There is an increasing amount of data regarding how SARS-CoV is transmitted, and contact with the T-zone of the face (eyes, nose and mouth) has proved to be one of the main forms of transmission. Without a vaccine, the only possible measure is social distancing, and ...
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The next step in urban evolution: hyperconnected cities are on the way

Author | Arantxa Herranz City sensorization is already a reality in many cities across the globe. Imperceptible yet omnipresent data collection devices, and which are highly useful for a whole host of tasks (traffic management, waste collection, lighting control…) now form part of the electronic topography of any modern city. And their presence is ...
Paul Duan, cofundador y presidente de Bayes Impact.

Paul Duan, co-founder and President of Bayes Impact: “We should trust in the power of the multitude”

Author | Tania Alonso Paul Duan is the person behind Bayes Impact, an NGO that uses Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to resolve social problems. One of its objectives is to create citizen-led public services, in collaboration with governments and thanks to technology. Bob, an employment search tool created in coordination with ...
Kinetic for cities

Smart cities are seeking their own operating system

Author | Jaime Ramos It is 30 years since the company Maxis launched the famous city building simulation video game SimCity. At around the same time, Tim Berners-Lee unveiled his global IT network proposal, known by its initials WWW. This temporal coincidence is very useful to illustrate how, as part of ...
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The future of cities lies in data

Author | Arantxa Herranz The mantra in the technology sector is that data is the new oil. To justify this categorical statement, one simply has to realise that, in both cases, we have before us a new, powerful, extremely lucrative and rapidly growing market. A circumstance that is also generating distrust ...
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Can technology foster democracy?

Author | Amaia Porteiro Digital transformation is radically changing our environment and our cities. Now that we have the appropriate tools, perhaps it is also time to reconsider the structural challenges of our city administrations and governments, in order to make them become more efficient, transparent and inclusive. 45% of the world’s ...