Jan 31, 2011
Infusing intelligence into the way cities work. The interconnected nature of people, resources and environments is driving a revolution in how and where people live. By 2050, city dwellers are expected to make up 70 percent of the Earth�s total population1�or 6.4 billion people�equal to adding seven New York�s to the planet annually.
To attract the best and brightest citizens and businesses, which bring the flow of economic capital, cities must compete against each other in traditional areas such as education facilities, services and transportation systems�as well as less conventional areas, such as exuding a vibe of success and sophistication. The convergence of culture and commerce around cities brings great promise for creating a smarter city�maximizing economic, cultural, engineering and scientific impacts on the world while minimizing ecological impacts. Yet on the road to smarter cities, leaders must make many choices and decisions, sometimes without fully under-standing the effects on the environment, citizens and culture.