- Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
- Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
- Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 17-12-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
We live in a world defined by urbanization and digital ubiquity, where mobile broadband connections outnumber fixed ones, machines dominate a new "internet of things," and more people live in cities than in the countryside.
In Smart Cities, urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities and information technologies from the rise of the great industrial cities of the nineteenth century to the present. A century ago, the telegraph and the mechanical tabulator were used to tame cities of millions. Today, cellular networks and cloud computing tie together the complex choreography of mega-regions of tens of millions of people.
In response, cities worldwide are deploying technology to address both the timeless challenges of government and the mounting problems posed by human settlements of previously unimaginable size and complexity. In Chicago, GPS sensors on snow plows feed a real-time "plow tracker" map that everyone can access. In Zaragoza, Spain, a "citizen card" can get you on the free city-wide Wi-Fi network, unlock a bike share, check a book out of the library, and pay for your bus ride home. In New York, a guerrilla group of citizen-scientists installed sensors in local sewers to alert you when storm water runoff overwhelms the system, dumping waste into local waterways.
As technology barons, entrepreneurs, mayors, and an emerging vanguard of civic hackers are trying to shape this new frontier, Smart Cities considers the motivations, aspirations, and shortcomings of them all while offering a new civics to guide our efforts as we build the future together, one click at a time.
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By Adam J. Hecktman on 17-11-15
A must read for city enthusiasts
If there is one book that people interested in urban development and urban issues must read, it is this. It goes beyond a discussion of the promise of smart cities and discusses the import an basis in it's past, the players who have studied it over the decades, and the organizations thinking about how to make it work for everyone. I loved this book.
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By G. on 19-02-17
Everything that has happened in the Smart City eco-system since the coining of the phrase (even earlier) can be found commented. Needs and update. May be I have to read (not listen - as the Audible Edition does not have it - Epilogue.
Commendable work both by the Author and Narrator.