Smart Cities under construction: No car ownership, no waiting rooms, instant transportation / deliveries, and more by Pam Baker at FierceBigData
Smart cities, aka Intelligent Cities, may sound futuristic. Actually, most of the technology needed to make them happen already exists and is being deployed to varying degrees in cities around the globe. In the not-so-distant future, the Collaborative Economy, sophisticated automation technologies, the Internet of Things and big data will converge to make everyday life very different than it is today.
Don't worry, we're not all going to suddenly give our cities a makeover, Jetsons-style. Instead, these technologies are embedded in things we already have – like cars, bridges and roads, smartphones, lightbulbs, just about everything actually.
To give you an idea of how our ordinary cities will start their journey to smartdom, take a look at the infographic below by BoldIQ. It's all about personally owning very little, sharing almost everything and optimizing everything we do through the use of smart data, real-time analytics and automation.
Odds are that your own city is waking up now, sensing things – such as movement and user demands it once was blind to – and beginning to respond. That will increase over time as existing technologies are plugged in or modified throughout your area.
Pretty cool, huh. We are the masters of our world and our technology proves it. Of course, new tech is being developed every day, but you have to admit this is an impressive start towards a brighter, better future.