From Toronto to TokyoThe challenges facing cities today are often remarkably similar: climate change, rising housing costs, traffic, economic polarization, unemployment. To address these problems, new technology companies and industries have begun to expand and expand with innovative digital solutions such as ride participation and home sharing. Without a doubt, the city of the future must be digital. You have to be smart. It must work for everyone.
This is a trend that civilian leaders everywhere need to embrace wholeheartedly. But building a truly smart city will take a village, then some. It will not happen overnight, but progress has already been made.
As technology broadens With its urban footprint, there will be more and more potential for conflict between innovation and citizen priorities such as privacy and overall growth. Last month, we were reminded of this in Toronto, where the planning authorities of three levels of government Released A 1,500-page plan by Alphabet Dock laboratories Aiming to pave the way for the development of the future waterfront. Months in making, met plan Much Less Of global acclaim.
But whether it is with the sidewalk or other technology partners, the inevitability of resolving these conflicts becomes stronger for cities like Toronto. If they play this game to win, the civilian leaders must minimize the damage and increase the benefits to the people who represent them. They need to develop coordinated innovation plans that prioritize transparency, public participation, data privacy and collaboration.
The Dock laboratories The plan is full of technology forward proposals of new transit, green buildings and affordable housing, optimized by sensors, algorithms and mountain data. But even the best commercial intentions or the city can be misunderstood when leaders fail to be transparent about their plans. Openness and participation are crucial to building legitimacy and social licensing.
Sidewalk Says 21,000 citizens from Toronto were consulted during the development of their proposal. But Some Critics You already have Complained That major decisions have been taken behind closed doors, with many general orientations and insufficient discussion of issues raised by citizens, city employees and the already booming ecosystem in the region.
In defense of the pavement laboratories the alphabet, Its roots in Internet services. They are relative to giving and consulting with society. But they certainly now hear how citizens prefer to participate and consult.
As for the general planners, they have a number of excellent examples to take advantage of. In Barcelona, for example, the city government Opened Raise data sets for citizens to encourage joint use between private, public and academic sectors. In Pittsburgh, which has become a center for the testing of autonomous vehicles, the city has provided open opportunities for the forum to raise questions, concerns and issues directly with civil decision makers.
Other futuristic cities, such as San Francisco, Singapore, Helsinki and Glasgow, already use digital technology and smart sensors to build future urban services that can serve as real-world case studies for Toronto and others. However, to achieve real success, city officials need to gain the trust and confidence of the people in their followers and adapt best practices.
Access to shared data is important to inform and improve urban innovation that supports technology. But it could also fuel a technically driven move towards the watch capitalism or the observer state – the beneficiary or the older brother rather than trust and security.
Sidewalk Suggestion Respects the principles of responsible use of data and artificial intelligence. It sets out the principles of ethical treatment guidance for Smart City's Citizen Data Project and the safe use of emerging technologies such as face recognition. But these principles have not yet been accompanied by clear and enforceable standards.
Members MaRS Discovery District He recently co-authored an open source Report Together with his design and data management colleagues, they define how to handle conflict of privacy through ethical digital trust. Digital trust must be transparently governed by independent trustees and representatives from outside parties. Its members should be mandated to make decisions on the use of data for the public good: how data can be collected, how anonymity can be ensured, and how applications should be handled.
They come with great questions to be solved. But if the digital confidence of the pier project is developed, it can be adapted and reused in other cities around the world, where civil leaders struggle everywhere with their own innovation plans.
The private sector creates jobs and economic growth. Academic and educational communities provide ideas, research and sustainable flow of technology-skilled workers. The public sector provides political direction and accountability. Nonprofit organizations mobilize public awareness and capital surpluses.
Since Toronto learns, it is not always easy to get approval, because each player in each sector has his own priorities. But civilian leaders should try to pull out all these innovation tools to overcome urban challenges, because when the task is right, cooperation creates more than the sum of its parts.
One of the civil examples we would like to mention is New York, where the development of the High Line Park and the redevelopment of the West Chelsea private area "Effect of auraInvestment increased by $ 260 million from the value of real estate. Reinforced The city tax revenue of $ 900 million, brought four million tourists a year to the neighborhood was previously unused.
The ecosystem of task-oriented innovation links business, customers, academia, companies, capital, talent, policy makers, activists, physical and digital infrastructure – and systems finance models can help us predict and distribute revenue more equitably. Organizations such as Civic Capital Laboratory (Disclaimer: MaRS Partner) is working to re-launch projects such as High Line in real frameworks for other cities and communities.
This type of planning works because the challenges faced by cities are very similar. When civilian leaders are properly prepared to take advantage of the latest technological innovations, there is no problem they can not overcome.