Will Smart Cities Hurt Humanity?
By 2050, cities of all sizes will be home to 70 percent of the world’s population. As such, the term “urban tech” -- innovation focused on improving city functionality, equality, ease of living -- should be one of the key areas businesses invest in moving forward. The future of cities is often discussed as something independent of what it means for humans. When humans are included in the conversation, the results surrounding the quality of life focuses on a niche group of beneficiaries. This session will explore how smart cities will affect different stakeholders, who are often overlooked or not represented by the interests of big tech. Attendees will explore what it is they want in the future of cities, and where technology is helping to advance their unheard interests.
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