Author: Brooks Rainwater

Yes, Cities Can Pilot Universal Basic Income

Cities face a number of labor-related challenges, including job automation, precarious work arrangements, economic insecurity and growing inequality. Universal basic income (UBI) is a potential solution. UBI is an unconditional cash payment that either supplements or replaces existing social welfare systems. Unlike traditional programs, which are conditional and means-tested, UBI provides recipients with the autonomy

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How are Cities Shaping an Autonomous Future?

This is an excerpt from our newest municipal action guide, Autonomous Vehicle Pilots Across America. The unstoppable forces of automation and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we move through, work in and design cities. Technological advancements are transforming the mobility environment as a wide range of companies continue investing billions of dollars to develop, test and

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For Smart Cities, Blockchain Technology Opens New Possibilities

Today, Americans have supercomputers in their pockets, on their wrists, in their cars and in their home appliances. Internet usage is at an all-time high, with 89 percent of the population having access in 2018 — compared to 52 percent in 2000. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 90 percent of American adults have

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Assessing the Future of Our Work

Throughout history, the rise of new technologies has drastically changed the nature of work — both as a cause of and a response to massive historical shifts. Cities feel these shifts most acutely, serving as the places where these rapid movements are found, focused, and filtered into broader society. In our new report, Assessing the Future of

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Blockchain in Cities

The first question most people have about blockchain is, of course, “what is blockchain?” Those familiar with the term generally associate it with Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies — but it is so much more, and it presents great opportunities for cities. In our newest report, Blockchain in Cities, we explore those possibilities. Public trust in American

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How Autonomous Vehicles Will Shape Cities

Today in America, autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already on our streets, with pilots taking place in cities nationwide. Technology like this can be utilized to make all of our lives better — but even if our hands are off the wheel, we must drive this future together. That’s why NLC and the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative

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Cities, Innovation, and the Growth of the Digital Economy

The digital economy, or the internet sector, is a critical component of urban economies. This sector is not often thought of in the same way as more traditional industries — if formally measured, it would be among the 20 largest — but today it looms over many ‘powerhouse’ sectors like retail, construction, and the auto

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What Amazon’s HQ2 Shortlist Tells Us About Modern Cities

The race to land Amazon’s second headquarters, or HQ2, has become one of the largest economic development opportunities in a generation — a truly transformative opportunity for the chosen city that ultimately wins the competition. And a competition it has become, with creative and inventive ideas pitched from mayors and economic development officials throughout the

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How Smart Cities Will Change Our Lives

Technology has always been a critical force deeply intertwined with the evolution of cities. From the first human settlements millennia ago to the industrial revolution to today, technological breakthroughs have impacted the buildings we use, the way we get around, and how we live, work, and play in the urban space. Now, as we are

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