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Citysense Nightlife Indicator

Citysense is an software application that runs on your cellphone; it shows where all of the activity is in your city. Citysense was developed by a Columbia computer science professor; it 'uses advanced machine learning techniques to number crunch vast amounts of data emanating from thousands of cell-phones, GPS-equipped cabs and other data devices to paint live pictures of where people are gathering.'


(Citysense shows city-wide activity)

"Citysense is an application that operates on the Sense Networks Macrosense platform, which analyzes massive amounts of aggregate, anonymous location data in real-time. Macrosense is already being used by business people for things like selecting store locations and understanding retail demand. But we asked ourselves: with all this real-time data, what else could we do for a city? Nightlife enhancement was the obvious answer. This release is just a test, and we're interested in your feedback on how to make the application better. You'll find a feedback button in Citysense."

This application reminds me a little of the monoblock dating system from Larry Niven's The Best of all Possible Wars; you can get a map of all the people in an area (like a bar) and then find out about them.

Via Citysense.

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