Serendipity and the Smart City

Serendipity and the Smart City

First came the mainstream computer, enabling a privileged few to perform complex calculations. Then the personal computer, a first step toward the democratization of computing power for the masses. Next, the smart phone and tablet, keeping us constantly connected to...
Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

It’s a little weird, a little anti-climatic, a little difficult to perceive — this whole government shutdown thing. I flew into New York City last Wednesday from Mexico City and I kept expecting to notice something, some signal, that demonstrates that we...