Sean Moffit just published the Top 30 Technologies 2018-2023. Topping the list are Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Thing (IoT), mobile/social Internet, blockchain, big data and automation. The list closes with Better, Faster Internet, Proximity Tech and New Screens.
There is plenty of opportunity to debate what’s on the list, the order and the explanations. But the important thing is that these are not just dalliance “bright and shiny” technologies. Instead, they are transformational and disruptive. They will change how and where we live. And the conversation on these topics is just beginning to emerge in the realm of smart cities. In other words, welcome to the new not normal.
We spoke a lot about this at the 2018 Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo in Kansas City. Of course, industry leads the development of these technologies, while academics take the risks to expand their application. So, the next question is if local and state governmental structures are adapting and adopting innovation and how.
So What Are Cities Doing About It?
If the past three to four years have taught us anything, it’s that community leaders are not interested in tech for tech’s sake. CES might as well be a digital petting zoo but the real work takes place when we begin to understand how innovation creates a better quality of life for urban residents.
These 30 technologies have a big role to play here so the next big questions are, “which cities are paying attention to these 30 technologies?” And, “of those, how are they planning for, integrating and executing those applications?”
Using the lens of today, right now, cities are quickly self-selecting into two camps:
- Future-focused cities
- Inertia cities