Technology firms want to ensure that their innovations meet the needs of Londoners and are user friendly. Would you like to be involved in the development of new technology?
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Yes I'd be very happy to contribute to development efforts...
yes i would contribute to development
please remember the over 40s you should include us as well
Although not mentioned as much as other forms of discrimination generally, anecdotally ageism seems to be a particular problem in the digital industries.
We specialize in developing Machine Learning and AI solutions to solve business problems, with focus on SMEs. Most London businesses are SMEs and have limited to no access to these emerging technologies due to high cost. This is why I think there is a lot we can do to help (being small company ourselves).
Yes. I would be delighted to help.
Thanks everyone, it's great to see so much enthusiasm.
How would you like to engage with technology firms?
Yes please. I've worked in digital transformation since 2000 - starting with putting public services online and various tech projects including assistive technologies to support early discharge from hospital. Rather than simply be a test bed for what tech firms want to deliver, is there any work on developing use cases for them to work on? For example, could we have an extension of a scan alarm that would work outside of the home? And could it become like a handsfree voice activated device that works with different levels of hearing? just a thought
Being in Tech already yes would be happy to be involved!
Yes, I would :)
This debate topic seems like a wide statement and perhaps worded incorrectly?
Why not open up a debate on what specific problems we want technology solutions to solve i.e. as a Londoner, I want technology firms to solve ... knife crimes, violence, street safety, better logistics, more transparency of costs to Londoners, etc. More focus required, otherwise, you are using technology for technology sake... which means unrealistic scope and expensive solutions (over promise and under deliver)!
Thanks everyone for sharing your suggestions.
How can technology be used to better connect Londoners to government and other public service providers?
Probably need to split the problem domain into more defined scope, for example:
1. Technology usage and reach in age groups (Teens, 20's, 30's, 40's, 50+) - technology access / usabilty will need to factor in experiences and relevance
2. What connections or access between Londoners and government / public service providers do you want? Public/health care info, budget / spend analysis, City Hall key decisions and inputs/feedback, Regulatory/Compliance information, etc
3. Delivery / communication mechanisms - internet, email, apps, chatbots, public displays, bus / train terminal screens, etc
4. Budget and timelines - maybe difficult to know now, possibly using a small study/pilot to understand options / ideas and costs / timelines to define the benefits case and approach
Free wifi in as many areas as possible.
Thinking of high-rise estates, I guess that some of the most crowded and easily wi-fi-able areas have most excluded people living in them, like people on low incomes or who's general health, age, background or whatever make them very tentative and badly equipped in using the internet.
Another starting point would be a scheme to help every public library have free wifi.
A third would be to combine the service with guides to open source or free software. I guess a service sponsored by a big brand that encouraged people to use other big brands instead of some cheaper more ingeinious alternative would be less benefit. I guess a scheme with a smaller budget but more promotion of the cheapest options would be more benefit.
The city of Oberlin or Uberlin in the USA has free wifi. I know because the preface to a book on Drupal says "thanks to the city for its free wifi - I wrote this book mainly on its service". I imagine that there are other exisiting examples to check and copy, but I don't know where to find a list. BT Phon is a like that for subscribers. Open unsecured wifi is sometimes an example by chance.
It all depends on what is meant by "new". There are still several less new techniques which have yet to be tried and which are likely to be beneficial to many people and harmful to the few who are creating trouble and expense for the rest. The degree of opportunity is controlled by those who make it too costly for entrepreneurs to become more active and to offer jobs to unemployed or poor people who cannot otherwise find work. This is because to obtain access rights to an unused site of land is too costly and houses are also too expensive for many more to be built, even thought such properties would otherwise be in great demand.
To lower the cost of access to and ownership of land, there should be a change in the collection of revenue which is payable on useful sites, whether built up or vacant. In many cases today, this is called "the rates" and they apply to both the value of the undeveloped site and of its buildings. Such a rate on buildings discourages the desire to improve them and such a rate on land encourages the better use of what is currently being partly used or is vacant because in these latter two cases the land owner is hoping to speculate in the increasing land value. The tax payers investment (through the government) in the infrastructure raises the usefulness and value of the site in question. Without doing anything but sit still a land owner can gain from this activity and this situati9on is unjust and harmful to those who need cheaper living conditions, namely the poorer classes, many of which have become homeless due to lack of work and high cost of accommodation.
A system of two-part rates should be introduced where the the sums payable for land should greatly increase as the corresponding amount for the buildings is reduced. This would have the joint effect of reducing production and residential costs because it would make more land available, and correspondingly less competition for it, whilst the jobs available for its development rise.
A few examples of new technologies could include:
- using an app to find a doctors appointment, to monitor the symptoms of an illness or response to medication
- using technology to reduce your energy bills through tracking use, remote access, using cheaper energy at non-peak times
- interacting with your local area and community, such as reporting graffiti, drug use, littering or interacting with your local council to get a better understanding of local issues, how they are responding and how you can help (e.g. housing, crime, education); using technology to learn new skills
- using technology to find out about local school performance and over-subscribed areas
Would you be interested in using such technologies or apps? Why or why not? Or are you already using similar ones?
West Middx hospital spent a lot of time trying to get my mum's medication list out of North Road Surgery in Kew. Both seem efficient organisations with plenty of IT, but there was no automatic way for the job to be done, so part of my mum's time in hospital was spent waiting for her medical record to be discovered by phone.
I see there is a blockchain initial coin offering aimed at solving this problem, but share most people's suspicion of grand claims based on new blockchains. Maybe someone better-qualified than me can say why GPs can't automatically share lists of medication (give or take some more confidential ones) with hospitals.
When people leave hospital in a confused state, there are sometimes some gadgets that can help.
A mobile that works on 3G or better (so not TTphone or some of the Doro models)
A pivotell advance pill dispenser or any other system that works well for the patient
A digital clock that says the day date and time in big letters
None costs over £25 at the cheapest China price on ebay or second hand.
Is there some way that a hospital could be given a fund to buy these things for patients or just given a pallet load of them?
(I am a little off-topic because I know that NHS services are national, run by trusts, and I don't really want them to be funded locally; I want them to be natonal, insurance-like services, but the question asked for health suggestions so I jumped in)
I'd love to be part of this initiative.
Not only have I been working in Digital Transformation since 2007, I also run a group on Web Standards and Open Technologies.
To be truly innovative and smart a "Smart City" has to give individuals control over their data.
Empowered people need to control the underlying data they need to get stuff done if they are to be in in charge of their own lives. To get stuff done they need control of their own identity, proof of claims and relationships and much more.
It's just dystopian to have more and more surveillance, to share more and more data between unaccountable agencies and businesses people have never heard of.
So - top level message for the Mayor and for Theo the CDO: check out Me2B or VRM architecture for the smart city London wants to be.
Don't be part of the panopticon problem, the CRM mess. Don't do the the organisation-centric Weberian Kafkaesque Whitehall thing. Don't succumb to the VC-backed Silicon Valley norm of people's data as your asset. Do better. Anticipate and go beyond GDPR. Put people in control.
Contact me, Happy to explain further, make introductions etc. Not seeking work or a job but happy to offer some time thinking & network.
Thanks for sharing your ideas.
The Mayor and Chief Digital Officer are currently seeking views from the tech community and Londoners on how technology should shape the future of life in the capital.
For the full call and how to respond, please read the Smart London page on medium.com by Theo Blackwell, CDO: https://medium.com/smart-london/a-smarter-london-together-listening-exer...
Yes I would love to.. I work with technology and this would be a great way to contribute to my local aea.
Innovation is on the top of my business values
One of the hidden issues surrounding IT is the storage of data in data centres. There are two major issues, cost and power consumption as data storage demands increase year on year. The first issue, cost, is addressed by reductions in the cost of the storage technology employed, the second by reducing the power consumption of storage devices. These two areas are addressed by the business I work for by firstly reducing the power demand of each terabyte of storage employed and secondly by reducing the cost to manufacture these new storage devices by upto 50% for each device employed. Of particular interest to Data Centres will be power consumption since data centres use many "Enterprise Level Hard Drives" to deliver fast, efficient and accessible storage, these often require complex cooling systems which themselves consume more power. By reducing the power drives consume, we also reduce the cost of cooling system use, so a double win for power reduction and on-cost. The reduction in cost of manufacture also means even more efficient and robust storage devices, so a triple cost win for the Data Centres.
Importantly, power provision is nearing peak capacity in London and Data Centres are major users of power, therefore, anything that reduces cost and consumption has to be a major win for London. With the right funding, London could even be producing and selling these devices to the rest of the world, Interested?
The kind of changes which my view of technology application is applied to are associated to land ownership registration and its use. Too many sites are not being properly used or not being used at all. This is due to the site's owner wanting to speculate in its value and so without making an investment for its development and use and without allowing someone else to do so, expects to sell the site for much more than he/she paid for it. Holding a site unused also make the sites that are in use more difficult to find and the resulting competition raises their cost to buy or to hire.
I'd love to be involved in this. We have already had conversations about some of the childcare aspects raised in the Strategy, with the London CDO, EY London Ventures, Andrew Collinge and Helen Stonelake from the GLA, and others - in particular, I'm keen to address the lesser-discussed issue of open data infrastructure and better childcare information delivery to families through local government, with the emphasis on 'flexible childcare', for which there is still no real cross-border solution (despite parents stating in a DfE report less than 2 years ago that they want a better marketplace that provides cost comparison, among other things).
We've been working on this for a considerable time and would love the opportunity to discuss the potential value, social impact and cost-savings that can and will be realised. Please contact [email protected] or Twitter: @Sonitude.
As a professional working with technology, a private user, a citizen in my neighbourhood and a father, I see a growing need for an education in aware use of technology. It's very hard to know what cookies exactly steer on our PCs or how YouTube and Facebook videos are pushed to us. Most times only those with a deep know-how of these issues can make informed decisions and adjust appropriately settings on devices. Teenagers use social media massively and are possibly barely aware of the ramification and threats to their own privacy and freedom of thought.
We have had several conversations about some of the childcare aspects raised in the Strategy, in particular with the London CDO, EY London Ventures, Andrew Collinge and Helen Stonelake from the GLA, and others. I'm keen to address the lesser-discussed issue of better childcare information delivery to families through local government, with the emphasis on 'flexible childcare', for which there is still no sustainable cross-border solution (despite parents stating in a DfE report less than 2 years ago that they want a better marketplace that provides cost comparison, among other things).
We've been working on this for a considerable time and would love the opportunity to discuss the potential value, social impact and cost-savings that can and will be realised. We will submit our input to the survey, in the meantime please contact [email protected] or via Twitter: @Sonitude.
Yes, I would love to help.
Input and discussion from a diverse range of communicative, passionate and supportive people are key to fully represent current and future demographics.
There's so much opportunity and potential to enhance the experience of Londoners alongside the UK and discussion coupled with individual action helps to support the journey of tech firms, London and the UK.