Baidu Pushing to Expand Robotaxi to 30 Chinese cities by 2023-2024

Baidu plans to expand its robotaxi ride-hailing services across 30 cities in China in two to three years to serve a wider range of users. Robin Li, founder of Baidu, said at the 2021 ABC Summit. Currently, there are about 500 test vehicles in the Baidu Apollo self driving program and they are the first …

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What Works for the Homeless Problem

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada has had functionally zero homeless for about six years. Japan, Singapore and Denmark also have been very successful in dealing with homelessness. Singapore is a multi-ethnic society with about 6 million people. Hamilton, Canada ( a city with a population of 750,000) has also has great success reducing homelessness. Medicine Hat’s …

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Self-Driving Trucks Will Create a Megaregion Economic Boom

Urban areas are richer and more productive. Research shows that doubling the population and increasing urban density boosts productivity by about 15%. Roman cities were connected by the distance someone could walk in one hour. Self-driving cars, trucks and buses will be able to eliminate traffic jams and then have steadily increasing safe operating speeds. …

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SpaceX Starlink Will Cover World With 300 Mbps and Sub-20 millisecond Latency Coverage in 2021

Starlink has opened preorders for service expected to be available in the second half of 2021. Elon Musk expects Starlink to achieve 16ms to 19ms by the summer of 2021. SpaceX will reach 10 gigabits per second download speeds eventually. For $499, Starlink users get a terminal package to communicate with the constellation. Beta participants …

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Big Thinker of Inflatable Weather Modification Mountains and Femtotechnology Ideas Has Died

Nextbigfuture has covered many of the ideas of Alexander Bolonkin. Bolonkin He was a Russian-American scientist and academic who worked in the Soviet aviation, space and rocket industries. He died on Christmas day 2020 at the age of 87. Bolonkin held 17 patents. He proposed the idea of domed cities as a protection against nuclear …

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Transforming Life and the World by 2100

How different can things get by 2100? Prediction site Metaculus attempts to ponder what a fundamental change to the human condition would be like. Nick Bostrom, philosopher and Founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, argues that only two events since the dawn of humanity have fundamentally changed the …

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China’s Purchasing Power Economy is 30% Higher Than Official Numbers

The official purchasing power parity (PPP) statistics say that China’s PPP GDP is $24 trillion, but people can buy 30% more than those figures indicate. Reviewing cost of living data and living in China videos indicates that China’s PPP GDP is $31 trillion. There are now comprehensive online comparisons of costs between global cities. This …

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Progress Toward 250 Million Person Smart Megacity in 2035

China is integrating multiple cities into megacity regions. China has deployed regional integration plans in 2019. They are accelerating integration of the YRD (Yangtze River Delta – Shanghai area) region, Greater Bay Area (Around Hong Kong and Guangdong), or Jing-Jin-Ji (Beijing-Tianjin) region, are seen as a solution to this problem. To integrate the YRD region, …

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