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Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs Launches a Platform for Making the City of Tomorrow

February 1, 2018View for printing

In October of last year, Alphabet, Google's parent company announced it was taking its data-hoovering powers out of purely digital realm and into 3-D space. Sidewalk Labs, its urban innovation venture, officially launched a partnership with the city of Toronto, where it would experiment in improving--nay, optimizing--city streets by observing and measuring how people live.

"This is not some random activity from our perspective," Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt said at the time. "This is the culmination, from our side, of almost 10 years of thinking about how technology can improve people's lives."

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