14 Jan 2022

Jet Suit Testing by the British Royal Navy and Gravity Industries

Ever since Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, when Boba Fett busts his jet suit on Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge during the Battle of the Great Pit of Carkoon, well, this writer was hooked. Jet packs have since been depicted in media and sci-fi, most notably in the dystopian scenario of Spielberg’s 2002 Minority Report. Technological fact now mirrors science fiction, as the British Royal Navy has recently been testing jet suit technology to board ships.  A new video was recently released by the UK-based Gravity Industries, which manufactures the jet suit technology. 

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23 Sep 2021

AI-Based Ambient Intelligence Innovation in Healthcare and the Future of Public Safety

Disaster conditions will clearly be more impactful and more frequent due to the impact of climate change. The domestic terrorism threat stateside is becoming a constant, with the impact and frequency of growing domestic U.S. political instability and public safety incidents to be determined.

We will need systems that are monitoring these temporal, ephemeral ecosystems and providing insights and recommendations for real-time decision-making support and situational awareness analysis. What can AI-Based Ambient Intelligence Innovation in Healthcare teach us?

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16 Mar 2020

I Was Asked to Review a Major City’s Emergency Response Plan. Here’s What I Told Them.

On March 12, a major city I’ve worked with on emergency planning and counterterrorism issues over the past two decades asked me to review their response plan around COVID-19.  Here is what I told them: You guys have done the easy part. Luckily, you have a population with no known

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30 Oct 2014

Hashtag Standards for Emergencies

As part of the ongoing close collaboration between OCHA and QCRI, regular conversations on how to improve crisis computing have taken place over the past few years. In May 2014, members of OCHA and QCRI met in Doha to discuss our ongoing efforts and recognized that it is clear that

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