People and Smart Cities- The guide to survival of both

The future of smart cities holds challenges that can be tackled strategically by introducing and blending people and technology in a way that it doesn’t get overbearing for either.

People and Smart Cities- The guide to survival of both
People and Smart Cities- The guide to survival of both {Image courtesy- enterra solutions}

People and Smart Cities- The guide to survival of both

As technologies advance- cities become smarter. It is important to remember the human aspect of everything because eventually, it is humans we are doing all this development for.

Smart cities are the future of habitation and a true, remarkable example of development. But if smart cities have to survive and innovate in the long run, they need to put the people that live there above everything else. The development and growth often find themselves at a crossroads with the people for whom the development is beneficial.

There are plenty of problems that we are fighting as a society. We’re combating dramatic climate changes, economic breakdowns, and unemployment, to name a few. In the past, we were tackling these problems with the help of political and community outreach and incentives. Now, we are increasingly integrating technology in solving these problems.

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Smart cities will enable the simplification of life and create streams of income for people living in them. Features and services like ride-sharing, home-sharing and integrated public transportation have proven to be increasingly useful.

All of this has supported society and helped increase efficiency. Still, to build a future-proof world, we need more cooperation between people and technology. 

The future of smart cities holds challenges that can be tackled strategically by introducing and blending people and technology in a way that it doesn’t get overbearing for either. As technologies become more efficient and capable to solve problems, there is a rise in the grey area of conflict between man and machine. 

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Problems like privacy, common spaces and shared technology are going to arise when the barriers between technologies and people spread thin. The breaking of these barriers shall take time and cause drastic mind shifts in people. 

The technology and the people behind it should actively try to reduce the harm caused by smart city tech and increase the benefits for the people it is trying to help. 

We know that the general public often thinks of public infrastructure as an external extension of their homes. These services form the heartbeat of each city and technology should ensure that such services remain accessible and simplified for everyone to use, and not just for the creators to understand. 

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The functioning of smart city services should be easy to execute and not consume a lot of time. Tech should focus on simplifying lives, even if it means not executing tech in places where technology might do more harm than good.

There is growing awareness about data privacy and technology becoming more invasive. People are focusing more on data privacy, community engagement through technology and more.

While we are still in a digital habitation revolution, a few cities are taking the lead when it comes to becoming smarter without stepping on society’s toes. Singapore, Dubai, and Copenhagen are becoming increasingly tech-enabled and growing fast with the help of technology. Other cities are following suit, but we have a long way to go.