Read for Later - Robots in the Airport, The Right to Be Forgotten, and Smart and Porous Cities

Hopefully many of us are returning to the office today after a long weekend of gratitude for our family, friends, health, and the comforts we enjoy. Now, back in the office, we continue our path ahead by looking at some of what will shape the future of our work, institutions, and communities.

You can also check out the Center's trend collection to see how this scanning comes together to identify trends relevant to our future work.

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Assorted Interests

An insightful look at how millennials of color contend with financial issues – whether getting help from their families or giving help to their families – and how that affects their ability to get ahead (The Atlantic “Why Millennials of Color Can't Get Ahead”). 
The Paris Climate Conference could get a big headline with an announcement from Bill Gates (The Verge “Bill Gates Will Invest as Much as $2 Billion in New Clean Energy Partnership with US and India”) launching a partnership focused on researching and deploying new sources of carbon-free energy, funded by billions of dollars from Gates and other philanthropists.
The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero could be a big deal for makers and others interested in connected devices and robotics (TechCrunch “Holy Smoke! New Raspberry Pi Zero Costs Just $5…”). That is, of course, if they can get their hands on one (ArsTechnica “Raspberry Pi Zero Sells Out Within 24 Hours”). (See also CNETThe Daily Dot and Forbes)

Books, Publishing, and Media

The college-educated baby boomers that founded public radio may still be listening to and supporting the format, but younger listeners are harder to come by (Bloomberg “Who Isn't Listening to Public Radio”), which could mean trouble for NPR’s future. What could be to blame? The rise of the podcast and a resurgence in city living and public transit. (See also The Washington Post
Could the future hold a sharing economy model of publishing, where stories are a two-way exchange between writer and reader and the user profile helps drive crowd-sourced content that sells (Publishers Weekly “When the Sharing Economy Comes to Publishing”)?


Proactive and predictive, transparent (thanks to open data), sharing, and, of course, technology-driven - it's what’s ahead as cities work to provide greater value to citizens (TechCrunch “How Governments Will Change To Better Serve Citizens In 2016”).
‘Porous’ is an interesting descriptor for a city, but once explained it certainly sounds like something to strive for (The Guardian “The World Wants More 'Porous' Cities – So Why Don't We Build Them?”). Porous spaces bring together people of different classes, backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions to do a range of activities from work and business to shopping, entertainment, and dining – creating intense, mixed, and complex experiences. Unfortunately, it’s the opposite of most development, which is mono-functional, isolated, and gated.

Internet of Things

In 2016 the number of devices connected to the Internet of Things could grow to over 6 billion (The Verge “First Click: 5 Billion Connected 'Things' Still Lack Meaningful Connections”), but that doesn’t mean that we’ve overcome all of the obstacles in our path toward truly smart living.


After the Paris attacks there’s more focus on the balance between privacy and security, including national security, technical, and economic considerations (TechCrunch “How Much Privacy Is Too Much?”). For users, that also means greater scrutiny of company practices (The Daily Dot “Google Can Unlock Most Android Phones Remotely if the Government Requests It”). 
Growing up in a digital world doesn’t always mean making the best digital decisions. Case in point, when it comes to creating and using secure online passwords, baby boomers may do a better job than millennials (The Daily Dot “Baby Boomers Are Better at Cybersecurity than Millennials”) - a big concern as millennials have suffered from more cybercrime than baby boomers, 44% versus 16% in the past year.
Google’s latest transparency report helps show how it’s responding to Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rules – Google received over 340,000 requests to remove links, covering a total of 1,234,092 URLs, and around 42% of the links (excluding cases that are still pending) ended up being removed (The Verge “Google 'Right to be Forgotten' Requests Keep Piling Up”). The same report also reveals that Google receives just over 1,500 requests every minute to remove URLs from its search results as copyright holders battle against pirates (The Verge “Google Now Receives More Than 2 Million Piracy Takedown Requests a Day”).


If you scrambled through airports this holiday weekend, just think how much easier (or awkward) life could have been with Spencer the robot guiding you to your gate (The Verge “Spencer the Robot Will Guide Lost Passengers Through Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport Next Week” ). Spencer’s making a one-week trial, testing how built in maps and lasers can help a robot navigate its surroundings.  

Spaces, Retail, and Restaurants

The ideas behind these spaces could make working from home a lot more attractive (Wall Street Journal “What the Future of Working at Home May Look Like”).