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    World’s first Hyperloop to be built in Dubai by 2021
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    World’s first Hyperloop to be built in Dubai by 2021

    November 19, 2019

    public transportation that’s as fast as
    an airplane and as a comfortable as a train will become reality sooner than we
    expected that will be Hyperloop with a top speed of over 12,000 kilometers per
    hour according to a version Hyperloop 1 a proposed Hyperloop track between Dubai
    and Abu Dhabi would take around 12 minutes whereas a regular car ride
    normally takes over an hour according to local news outlet YTN Harper Luke could
    run from Seoul to Busan within just 20 minutes no air resistance or friction
    makes Harper look much faster than high-speed railroads Tesla co founder
    Elon Musk first proposed the idea in 2013 and the first Hyperloop will be
    built in Dubai by 2021


    Top 10 Future U.S. MEGAPROJECTS

    November 19, 2019

    These are ten megaprojects the U.S. desperately
    needs to complete in the near future. They each represent many other projects awaiting
    approval and funding in cities and towns across America. A bullet train in Texas would help ease traffic
    in Houston and Dallas that will only get worse as the lonestar state continues to grow. A road trip from one city to the other will
    take up to 6.5 hours in the next twenty years. Modelled after Japan’s Shinkansen train,
    the Texas Central High-Speed Rail will cut that journey to just over three hours thanks
    to max speeds of 250 miles per hour. Heavy rains in 2015 breached more than 50
    dams in South Carolina, causing flooding throughout the state. It’s an emergency that will keep happening
    if the more than 600 dams rated as high-hazard aren’t modernized. Dams are aging nationwide and need more than
    $20 billion in repairs and upgrades. The Washington DC area has some of the worst
    traffic in the country. Extending the existing metro system to the
    suburbs by adding another metro line with 21 new stations will make everyone’s commute
    shorter, and will take an estimated 17,000 cars off the road. Denver has an ambitious plan to take back
    land from the interstate by plunging part of the I-70 East underground to create a large
    park with sports fields and performance spaces. The project will also modernize and widen
    the 60-plus-year-old road to ensure its structural integrity and ease congestion within the sprawling
    Denver area. Miami is already dealing with the effects
    of climate change with the installation of 80 pumping stations. But when sea levels rise just 5 more feet,
    96% of the city will be underwater, making it America’s most vulnerable urban area
    to a changing climate. To survive, it will need to significantly
    expand its levee system and build a multi-billion dollar seawall. The highly populated northeast corridor of
    the U.S. desperately needs to expand its high speed rail network to keep pace with the best
    cities in the world. Right now, the fastest train is the Acela,
    whose top speed is just 125 miles per hour. A maglev train connecting New York to DC could
    hit 300 mph and cut the commute from four hours to one. Old sewer lines aren’t properly functioning,
    resulting in raw sewage streaming into Lake Erie from Cleveland during storms. Project clean lake is a 25-year renewal plan
    that uses a variety of green methods, including the construction of seven tunnels, to solve
    the problem. To allow for more people and goods to pass
    through the Detroit-Windsor, Canada section of the border, the Gordie Howe International
    Bridge will provide uninterrupted traffic flow. When complete, the project will increase daily
    vehicle crossings by 30%. Phase 1 of California’s high speed rail
    project should open by 2030. It aims to connect Los Angeles to San Francisco
    in just three hours, compared to the nearly six hours it now takes to drive the route. It will be the first high speed rail project
    on the U.S. west coast and will eventually extend to San Diego and Sacramento, the state’s
    capitol. 200,000 daily passenger trips are made through
    the only rail tunnel connecting Manhattan and New Jersey. 100 years old and severely damaged by Hurricane
    Sandy, it badly needs an upgrade. The proposed Hudson River Rail Tunnel
    megaproject would modernize the existing tunnel and add a second one in order to ease congestion
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    Why advertisers are tracking your emojis 😱

    November 18, 2019

    This is an ad for the 2018 Camry that Toyota
    published on Twitter. They also published this one. And this one. For this one campaign, Toyota released 83
    different versions of the same ad, and every version targeted different users — not based
    on their gender or their age, their political affiliation or their location. The ads targeted users’ emotional states through
    their emojis. A targeted ad is where a company shows their
    ads to only certain kinds of people, certain people who are more likely to buy their products
    or like their message. That’s why as someone who creates videos
    just like this one, I see ads for Adobe’s video-making products in my Facebook feed. But in 2016, Twitter began giving advertisers
    access to emoji data like who is posting what and when and which emojis are the most popular. That is totally unique compared to advertising
    before this. Emojis have an emotional context paired with
    them and that lets advertisers better gauge the feelings expressed in people’s tweets. With emoji targeting, every highly tailored
    ad would be triggered by the emojis a user would post, in real time. Tweet a pizza emoji and Domino’s would reply
    with a coupon. Tweet any emoji at Google and get a handy
    link for the top search results on their platform. Tweeted a heart eye emoji today? Well, Toyota might determine that you’re feeling
    positive and serve you this ad while you’re in that feel good mood. Some emojis are pretty obvious right. Smiley face, I’m happy. Frowny face, I’m sad. But you know there’s a bunch of emoji which
    are much more — the line’s much more fine between what that person is actually feeling
    or thinking at the time. For those emojis that express more ambiguous
    emotions, advertisers can use artificial intelligence to predict if an emotion is used in a positive
    negative or neutral context. Let’s look at Toyota again. In January of 2017, Donald Trump tweeted a
    major criticism of the company for planning to build a plant in Mexico. After that tweet was posted, the number of
    social media posts about the automaker spiked. But if you look at this chart, you can see
    how people felt about Toyota not just how much they talked about it. Right after Trump’s comments, the percent
    of negative posts spiked when compared to positive posts about the company. For an advertiser, knowing how people are
    feeling is immensely valuable, and they can target consumers with positive feelings and
    avoid those with more negative ones. Emojis are just one more tool for advertisers
    to assess people’s emotions. The idea is that if the advertisers are using
    it effectively going to see more relevant ads. But regardless of how relevant those ads are,
    the process is never going to be fully transparent. As a consumer it’s difficult if not almost
    impossible to tell what information a marketer is using to target you. Most advertisers argue that tracking the emojis
    you use is no different than tracking the keywords you use on Google, because you volunteered
    that information publicly. You shared that data freely with a free website
    that is ad supported, you should be able to understand that the same type of thing is
    going to happen on a social media platform. But consumer advocacy groups disagree. They argue that advertising to people
    based on a psychological profile of their emotions is intrusive. About half of Americans
    share a similar skepticism, many of whom aren’t confident that social media sites actually
    protect their data. And emojis are part of that data. For all the privacy concerns, emoji advertising
    is still in its infancy and though it only exists right now on Twitter, it wouldn’t be
    a far leap to see multiple platforms offer a similar service in the future. And in the best case, we may get ads that give
    you immediate and valuable information. Maybe you’ll post an eggplant emoji and Durex
    will send you a condom emoji with 10 percent off your next purchase. Or if you don’t like your emoji data being
    used, maybe you just don’t use emojis. Yeah, right.

    New KTX Gyeonggang Line opens, taking passengers from Seoul to Gangneung in less than 2 hours
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    New KTX Gyeonggang Line opens, taking passengers from Seoul to Gangneung in less than 2 hours

    November 18, 2019

    The express train designed to take Olympic
    athletes, supporters and fans to the Winter Games… is up and running. On it, you get to Gangneung from the capital
    in just a couple of hours. Lee Ji-won explains why KTX Gyeonggang line
    is an historic step forward for the nation’s rail network. A quick and relaxing one day trip to Korea’s
    eastern city of Gangneung has become much easier, with the Gyeonggang high-speed KTX
    rail line officially running from Friday. Extending an existing route all the way to
    Gangneung,… the new line takes visitors from Seoul directly to the country’s eastern
    cities of Gangwon-do Province in a much shorter time. (Standup)
    “It’s now a few minutes before 11 in the morning, and we are going to take this 11-oh-1 train
    from Seoul to Gangneung.” There are 18 trains a day during the week
    and 26 trains a day during the weekend on this route,… and with each train having
    410 seats, over 7-thousand people can enjoy the ride each day. Travelling at speeds of up to 250 kilometers
    an hour,… the train quickly whisks passengers from Seoul into the mountainous heart of Gangwon-do
    Province. (Korean)
    “We’ve always taken buses to go to the ski resort near Gangneung,… but I think taking
    this train is much faster and more comfortable.” (English)
    “It only took about an hour getting outside the city so it was very easy to see the lovely
    country (side) of Korea.” And soon after,… the train reaches its final
    stop, Gangneung Station. (Standup)
    “The time is now a few minutes past one. It took us slightly over 2 hours to get from
    Seoul to Gangneung, which is significantly quicker than other modes of transportation.” The route normally takes over 3 hours by bus
    or car, and the previous train route took about 5 to 6 hours. But despite the savings in time, the new KTX
    train isn’t too expensive,… costing 27-thousand Korean won, or roughly 25 U.S. dollars,..
    at most 12 dollars more than other forms of transportation. The new train is already gaining popularity. (Korean)
    “Over 18-percent of seats until next month have already been reserved, which is up to
    twice that of other lines. Most of the tickets to Gangneung on December
    31st,… and from Gangneung to Seoul on January 1st have already been sold out.” The new KTX line is not only a big development
    in rural transportation, but also provides a vital connection for the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang
    Winter Olympics. Over one-million people are expected to come
    from around the world over the Olympic season, and Korea Railroad is to operate more trains
    at that time,… along with the temporary operation of trains from Incheon International
    Aiport straight to Pyeongchang and Gangneung. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News, Gangneung.

    Hong Kong protest escalates bringing transport to a halt
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    Hong Kong protest escalates bringing transport to a halt

    November 16, 2019

    over in Hong Kong protesters are
    blocking roads and shutting the city’s transport system the latest burst of
    violence stems from an incident on Monday when a student was shot by a riot
    police officer while the government calls for stronger measures over the
    violence demonstrators continue to clash with authorities in the name of
    democracy cha Jonghyun has the latest Hong Kong protesters struck the city’s
    transport network for a second straight day on Tuesday in a widespread
    demonstration of anger triggered by the shooting of a 21 year old student by a
    police officer on Monday morning South China Morning Post reported Tuesday
    protesters set up roadblocks on major thoroughfares placed objects onto train
    tracks and punctured buses tires paralyzing roads and shutting down more
    than 20 railway stations throughout the day hundreds of commuters were seen
    walking along the lines tracks while protesters broke havoc by throwing
    Molotov cocktails and rocks onto the tracks Carrie Lam Hong Kong’s embattled
    chief executed criticized protesters on Tuesday for disrupting transit calling
    them selfish the SAR government’s Transport Department who will keep a
    close eye on the current situation while taking corresponding measures despite
    the Hong Kong government’s firm stance protesters plan on to continue to fight
    for greater democracy this is not a fight of depression this is a fight for
    the whole generation meanwhile Chapa Kwon the student who was shot by the
    riot police has been arrested and charged with unlawful assembly another
    19 year old protester who was held at the same location on Monday has been
    arrested on suspicion of robbery and possession of offensive weapons charles
    condition has reportedly improved from critical to serious – dongwoon arirang