The Smart Society of the future doesn’t look like science fiction

The Smart Society of the future doesn’t look like science fiction

A smart society has been defined as one where connected data and digital technology can improve on three broad outcomes: the well-being of citizens, the strength of the economy, and the effectiveness of institutions. In a bid to identify a model for a truly ‘smart’ society, a new initiative analyses the Digital 5, or D5, nations – the most digitally advanced governments in the world – to see what traits stand out and discover what lessons can be learnt to empower a nations citizens.

The future will be data-driven

More data is available to policy-makers, businesses and individuals than ever before and it is having a profound impact on how firms and government deliver their services. It could also transform how both operate. “Smart cities” may sound like a buzz-phrase, but across the UK local authorities are beginning to see data as what it is: another form of infrastructure. In the coming decades, creating efficient, well-planned cities will mean using physical and data infrastructure to their full potential. This in-depth report – set out as a series of articles – looks at how data is already being used to improve people’s lives and how it has the potential to do so much more.

The world mapped, like never before

Our Earth is a complex hive of activity, a non-stop source of physical, political and cultural movement. As we document ever more data to chart the world around us – information on human behaviour, animal activity and natural phenomenon, alike – we unearth the global trends that shape our daily lives. In isolation, much of this activity is difficult to comprehend, but a new book uses a series of maps to visualise this diverse flow of information, to help us see The World Mapped Like Never Before.

Making it easier to realise the value of open data

Making it easier to realise the value of open data

In 2013, McKinsey estimated a global market powered by open data from all sectors would create an additional $3tn to $5tn a year. That prediction has been slow to materialise. More recent reports estimate that only a small fraction of this value has been realised so far. Why? Well, one reason could be that publishing high-quality open data can still be costly and ad-hoc. So the Open Data Institute aim to change that. A new project aims to make it easier, faster and less costly to publish reliable, high-quality open data.

Putting the health of drivers in the palm of their hand

Formula1 has long been a Connoisseur of data. Data to go faster, to be safer, to become more efficient. But it’s latest proposition puts the drivers health in the palm of their hands. Almost literally. Plans to introduce biometric gloves for drivers in the 2018 season will see a 3mm thick in-glove sensor monitor health data when drivers are in a crash. By sharing data on things like pulse and oxygen in the blood, the glove will give medical crews better ability to asses the physical condition of a driver after an accident.

Visualising Game of Thrones data to find main character

Visualising Game of Thrones data to find main character

Game of Thrones is perhaps the biggest show to hit the small screen in recent televisual history. We all have our favourite characters (for different reasons), but with so many to choose from, who’s the main character of the seven series? While there are no official datasets about Game of Thrones, one dedicated IMDB fan has manually recorded the screen time of each character. This selfless act has created a dataset that can be used to analyse the characters and find the most important. This Game of Thrones data visualisation lets you compare and find the hit show’s main characters.

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