The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

The WIRED Guide to Open Source Software

Google open sourced its artificial intelligence engine, TensorFlow, in 2015, enabling companies and researchers to build applications using some of the same software the search giant used to create tools that search photos, recognize spoken words, and translate languages.

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

Why does people-centric design matter for sustainable cities?

However, two complementary approaches, transit-oriented development (TOD) and public space management – or placemaking – can combine both effectively to transform cities.

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Want to bring transit-oriented development to your city? There’s a toolkit for that!

Let’s say you are a transport specialist or an urban planner who wants to implement a transit-oriented development plan, because you know that TOD, as a planning and design strategy, can help transform your city.

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Supply Chain Hackers Snuck Malware Into Videogames

Now researchers at security firms Kaspersky and ESET have uncovered evidence that the same hackers who targeted Asus with that sort of supply chain hack earlier this year have also targeted three different videogame developers—this time aiming even higher upstream, corrupting the programming tools relied on by game developers.

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

An executive who works closely with Chinese mining firms told WIRED that although the ban was widely expected to move forward, miners expect it will take years for the government to fully rein in their operations.

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

How can we use analytical approaches to generate urban climate investments in Africa?

Figure 2: Community Emissions Profile for Cotonou, Benin (Source: EDGE Cities) Some recommendations include the promotion of solar rooftops, public transportation, green building standards for new construction, energy performance labels for existing buildings, improved solid waste and waste water treatment, and vehicle electrification.

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

Changing impact of weather and climate services in response to changing climate

National meteorological and hydrological services (NMHSs) are responsible for helping people understand, predict and warn of weather- and water-related hazards such as storms, floods, and hurricanes.

3 ways to follow World Bank Group activities at the 2019 Spring Meetings

3 ways to follow World Bank Group activities at the 2019 Spring Meetings

The Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an event that brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

The Mysterious Math of How Cells Determine Their Own Fate

That prompted a group at Princeton University, led by the biophysicists Thomas Gregor and William Bialek, to suspect something else: that the cells could instead get all the information they needed to define the positions of pair-rule stripes from the expression levels of the gap genes alone, even though those are not periodic and therefore not an obvious source for such precise instructions.

Fighting climate change with capital markets

Fighting climate change with capital markets

As a structured finance specialist in the World Bank Treasury, I work on a trading floor and talk to banks, investors, and development partners daily, so together we can find cost-effective and sustainable solutions to address climate change.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

Alan Fuchs Tarlovsky

Alan Fuchs Tarlovsky

He also co-lead the First Social Inclusion DPL for Chile, the SCD for Uruguay and is currently co-leading a Regional Report for LAC Chief Economist Office on Shocks and Managing Risks.

Hai-Anh H. Dang

Hai-Anh H. Dang

Dang Economist, Poverty and Inequality Unit, Development Research Group, World Bank Hai-Anh H. Dang is an Economist in the Surveys and Methods Team, Development Data Group, World Bank. His main research is on development, poverty, education, labor, and methodology to construct synthetic (pseudo) panel data from cross sections.

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

Dun Dun. Duun Duuun! The Great White Shark Genome Is Here

The Great White Shark Genome Is Here Sharks are renowned for their wound healing, lifespans of 70-odd years, and low rates of cancer. Stanhope and Shivji’s new map reveals that great white sharks also possess huge chunks of code for these genome-stabilizing DNA repair mechanisms and for tumor suppression.

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud HashiCorp cofounder Mitchell Hashimoto wrote course registration software in college so he didn't have to wake up early to sign up for classes.

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

A New Robo-Car Report Card Isn't Quite What It Seems

But its many pages make clear that while the Silicon Valley hype around robocars may have cooled, progress toward the day when humans are unshackled from the steering wheel continues: The 48 autonomous vehicle developers that tested their tech on public roads collectively drove 2.05 million miles between December 2017 and November 2018, up from 500,000 the year before.

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

Building a more resilient caribbean to natural disasters and climate change

They could design disaster-resilience strategies with support from international financial institutions (IFIs), multilateral development banks, donors, and climate funds, increase efforts to restore fiscal sustainability to create room for resilience-building, while incorporating upfront costs and long-term benefits of resilience investments in macro-fiscal frameworks.

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

Why the US Needs a Strategy for AI

In coordination with the National Council for the American Worker and through the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, federal agencies will now work together with industry and educational institutions to develop AI-related education and workforce opportunities.

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience

As an institution that is committed to development, the World Bank has an enormous responsibility to help countries and communities act early, to build resilience to what we know they are going to be facing – more frequent and more dramatic climate disasters because of climate change.

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

How to remain a poverty reduction champion: Overcoming Cabo Verde’s challenges

Right chart - WDI Cabo Verde’s poverty reduction achievements are grounded in political stability and strong institutions as well as an open economy that has been driven by exponential growth of the tourism sector exploiting the country’s natural beauty.

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Bridging Boundaries for Climate Adaptation Financing with River Basin Organizations

Supporting transboundary action to address Climate Change 07/12/2018, AfDB Pavillion A new report Financing climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: Preparing bankable projects prepared jointly by the World Bank with other development partners, including the African Water Facility, International Network of Basin Organizations, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, highlights some good practices for countries seeking to access financial resources for climate adaptation in a transboundary river, lake, or aquifer basin context.

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

The World Bank’s role in SDG monitoring

Four years after their launch, the World Bank’s expertise in development data and its large repository of development indicators has played an important role in helping track progress made towards the achievement of the SDGs. How does SDG monitoring work and how is the World Bank involved?

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

Investing in resource efficiency – the economics and politics of financing the resource transition

This transition can contribute to sustainable economic growth that generates welfare, while limiting harmful impacts on the environment and hence future generations.” Ángel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD (from Preface, Flachenecker & Rentschler, 2018 ) The need for more resource efficient and circular economies High and volatile resource prices, uncertain supply prospects, rising demand, and environmental impacts – various factors are putting increasing pressure on policy makers, researchers, firms, and investors to explore pathways towards sustainable and efficient resource management.

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

How to diversify Bhutan’s economy?

However, Bhutan needs to do a better job at diversifying its economy by improving its physical and human capital by using resource rents from hydropower.

News Article: FAO and University of Chile will promote sustainable development in the agri-food sector

News Article: FAO and University of Chile will promote sustainable development in the agri-food sector

FAO and University of Chile will promote sustainable development in the agri-food sector New agreement will foster knowledge-sharing and technology transfer to address climate change and food security 8 January 2019, Santiago, Chile - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the University of Chile will join efforts in the areas of research, training, and technology transfer.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes Into New Laws

“There are liberals or progressives who oppose climate change, but they definitely don’t want that multifamily apartment building to go up next to transit if it’s in their neighborhood.” That’s what Wiener says he found in his initial efforts to link development and transit in California last year.

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

Celebrating 40 years of engagement with Maldives

5. Preserving and managing the environment Photo Credit: World Bank In 1993, the World Bank supported the Government of Maldives to develop a National Environment Action Plan with the aim of helping Maldivians maintain and improve the environment of the country, and to manage the natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

The World Bank has been actively supporting countries develop strategies, policies, infrastructure, and capacities in their solid waste management sectors. Japan is a global leader in the development and application of environmental policies in the solid waste management sector.

Facebook, Under Scrutiny, Pays Out Largest Bug Bounty Yet

Facebook, Under Scrutiny, Pays Out Largest Bug Bounty Yet

Facebook wanted to make it clear that researchers shouldn't breach user data in the process of finding problems, but they should submit more nuanced types of data misuse reports whenever it was possible to document these complex interactions safely.Striking this balance is more challenging than it may initially seem, according to Alex Rice, CTO of the bug bounty development organization HackerOne. Rice consulted on Facebook's bug bounty when it launched in 2011, and says he was impressed to see it expand to accept privacy and third-party reports this year.

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