Many urban planners, artificial intelligence researchers, civil engineers and public officials aspire to create “smart” cities. Their goal is to deploy advanced technology to better study, monitor and manage urban growth and infrastructure, thereby helping cities become more livable, safe and sustainable, more functionally and economically efficient. Making cities smarter is not a new idea. But with digital computers now able to store, process and interpret increasingly large amounts of data, and with significant advances being made in automation and artificial intelligence (AI), the potential for understanding, analyzing and taking quick action to enhance how cities operate has grown.
Source: The Washington Post