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Emerging Tech

Potentially transformative technologies that haven't yet reached broad adoption in government. Includes coverage of artificial intelligence (AI), augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR), blockchain, chatbots, drones, voice assistants, etc.

Despite policy guardrails that would have only allowed police to use a robot to kill a suspect in extreme cases, San Francisco supervisors have walked back their approval amid significant public protest.
The Metro plan would use one-of-a-kind and much cheaper battery-powered light rail to connect West Chester Borough to downtown Philadelphia. Cutting-edge, fast-charging battery technology with a 60-mile range is envisioned.
The gunshot detection company has encountered another delay in trying to install equipment in a shooting-prone part of the city. Officials say the rollout of the system is nearly complete.
City officials have approved the purchase of 55 more license plate reading cameras for deployment throughout the city. The newest deployment will complement the 38 cameras already in use.
The Cleveland Department of Public Health and a host of community partners plan to improve air quality monitoring in disadvantaged areas and devise strategies for reducing their exposure to hazardous pollution.
Plus, India hits Google with a $113 million fine for anti-competitive practices in the Google Play app store, and online photo giant Shutterstock expands its offerings of AI-generated images.
San Francisco police will soon be allowed to use robots to kill people during rare and limited emergency situations under a controversial new policy that was approved by city supervisors on Tuesday.
The city has released its controversial policy that would allow police robots to use lethal force against a suspect as a last resort. A similar proposal in Oakland was withdrawn after public outcry.
The city of Boulder has announced the launch of a new web-based emergency mapping tool that will help first responders plan and coordinate evacuations. It will also provide the community with access to real-time updates.
Some 600 phones in the Bay Area recorded waveform data from the Seven Trees earthquake last October. That data is being used by researchers at the UC Berkeley Seismological Laboratory to better understand the effects of quakes.