There are many reasons to be complacent about city’s situation in the current era. Challenges like hunger, poverty & conflict have strengthened mankind for over centuries.
Although, these are still persistent in smart cities, two big questions remain; How many will be raised out of desperate poverty in the coming decades? How many of them will continue to live in cities?
While the economic strategies of Southern Asia are predicted to be on the growth path, World Bank and other financial institutions are forecasting slowed growth for east Asia and Pacific nations for a few years to come. Millions in China, specially in Beijing, have improved their living standards, leading to sustainability. Smart cities around the world look to follow I the footsteps of China in the long run.
Chandan Nair, founder of the Global Institute of Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think tank, has been the nucleus among eastern business leaders and consultants over many decades. He published thesis titled, ‘Consumptionomics.’ In his thesis, he states, what if Asians, particularly Chinese & Indians, begin to live like Americans with respect to the rate of consumption, emitt similar amounts of pollution, and expect their leaders to endorse & protect their way of life.
The emergence of the Asian economies is a source of great promise and opportunity, but it is not contradictory to simultaneously acknowledge the hazards and need for careful planning. The last decade’s development of smarter, more efficient cities point to the fact that these projects, rather than enhancing the dangerous contradiction Nair Identifies, can actually be agents to reverse it.
Planning in a smart city must be given pinnacle importance, considering multiple factors like technological advancements, sustainability concerns, and population explosion.
The thoughts of the author give insightful perspectives to the modular process of implementing cities with connected technology. Having stated all of this, technology has definitely accelerated. The best evidence of the efficacy of Internet of Everything may be the human mind, states the author. Some of the key points the author observes are; Action is needed now, creating ideas is better than making things, population density contributes to the making of good ideas, internet technology seems to encourage social interaction rather than dismiss it, and finally to globalize is to fly.
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