Article: Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

Cities, Innovation, Open Space

Open source city twin offers ‘endless possibilities’

A digital twin of Bradford in West Yorkshire, England will be used to support the city’s pandemic recovery and future planning. As well as helping the city visualise plans and better manage issues such as air quality, noise, flooding and traffic, the tool could feature virtual shops, exhibitions and heritage walking trails, and games companies could use it to create interactive content. It also aims to enable greater citizen participation in city planning.

“[Digital twins] offer potential for reinventing retail and urban centres using what-if scenarios and data-driven decision making,” Adrian Walker, Transformational Services Manager at Bradford City Council, told Cities Today: “The model can help to visualise and develop an understanding of how the city functions in a potentially different way post-pandemic.”

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Article: Meet Bob – the AI-powered ‘job coach’ which has helped 250,000 people

Code, Open Software, Open Source

Meet Bob – the AI-powered ‘job coach’ which has helped 250,000 people

Bob, an open-source technology offering advice to workers and jobseekers, has won a prestigious prize and funding. The AI-powered ‘job coach’, developed by non-profit Bayes Impact and tested with community organization ACH, provides tailored, practical and motivating advice. 

Acting as an impartial job counsellor, Bob helps users understand how their skills and job application techniques fit with those required by employers, giving them clear steps to secure relevant roles. 

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