“For many of our challenges, we don’t need new technologies or new ideas; we need the will, foresight and courage to use the best of the old ideas.” HT ⁦⁩ Opinion | I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities
“New technology in 2015 will be outdated before 2020. If we widely deploy smart tech in cities, we need to be prepared to replace it every few years, with the associated disruption and cost. But who will assume those costs?” via
Assuming "smart city" upgrades take place in a democratically run city, who can guarantee that future elected leaders won’t shortchange spending on replacement technology? asks.
..we do well to remember that the things we love most about cities — parks, public spaces, neighborhood communities, education opportunities — are made and populated by people, not technology. Tech has a place in cities, but that place is not everywhere.
I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities
I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities
The argument for excellent dumb cities. (Declared COI: by my awesome sister ⁦⁩)
RT : This oped by is an important read. I’m an Engineer, and I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities
Suspect this applies to current obsession with tech in health: I’m an Engineer, I’m Not Buying Into ‘Smart’ Cities: 'There will always be a place for new tech in urban infrastructure, but we may find that “dumb” cities will do better than smart ones.'
This! Sensor-equipped garbage cans sound cool, but someone still has to take out the trash. The things we love most about cities — parks, public spaces, neighborhood communities, education opportunities — are made and populated by people, not technology