More than half the world’s population currently resides in cities and that number is set to swell to 66 percent by 2050, according to the United Nations. This likely doesn’t come as much of a shock to people already living in a bustling metropolis like New York City or Hong Kong, where one need only to peer outside, or better yet — glance at their monthly rent check to appreciate the rising demand for urban real estate.
Most of us encounter public spaces in our daily lives: whether it’s physical space (a sidewalk, a bench, or a road), a visual element (a panorama, a cityscape) or a mode of transport (bus, train or bike share). But over the past two decades, digital technologies such as smart phones and the internet of things are adding extra layers of information to our public spaces, and transforming the urban environment.
With a new online marketplace, Copenhagen is trying to enable an ‘access economy’.
They would be mostly — but not all — good for state and local revenues.
Water has yet to take a place in the roster of smart city regulars, but there’s much that technology could do to improve water infrastructure.
2017 looks set to be a big year for participatory budgeting, as governments attempt to get more savvy in meeting the needs and desires of citizens. So, what is it?
As the world becomes more urbanized, social inequalities and environmental hazards threaten to undermine the traits that make metropolitan areas appealing. That means fewer economic and educational opportunities for marginal populations, less access to public services and greater exposure to pollution and natural disasters.
In 2017, we’ll have to decide whether we can trust autonomous technology. That’s going to be much harder than we might expect.
Simply building IoT-based applications for a city is sufficient to improve a citizen’s quality of life, is not really building a smart city.
The defining feature of the new perceptive stage is that the work involved in interacting with government will be significantly reduced and automated for all parties involved.