What is a Smart City? A Brief Introduction

What defines a Smart City?

A smart city must be self-aware, conscious, in-tuned with itself. It must be, in a way, alive. At its core lies an objective and incorruptible artificial mind that informs decision-makers and communicates directly with its citizens. And citizens speak right back in the form of voting. 

What is a Smart City’s CAM?

The city’s artificial mind (CAM for short) is data-driven and connected to every piece of information, with no exceptions. Suppose you are having an allergic reaction at this point, but not to worry. CAM encrypts private information and exposes humans that gain illicit access to it. 

What can the Smart City’s CAM do?

For us, at Deepblocks, the most exciting aspect of a smart city’s CAM is an exhaustive understanding of its infrastructure, existing buildings, zoning potential, availability of natural resources, workforce, and funding (private and public). 

With this intel, CAM can generate future scenarios and rate these based on economic growth, urban resilience, and general happiness. CAM can flag inefficiencies, spending inconsistencies, and missed opportunities, all of it public-facing on a great real-time dashboard. 

What technology is needed for a Smart City?

If this narrative is not sci-fi enough, good. Although fragmented, the tech is already here. CAM requires transparency, security, and interoperability. The internet of things, blockchain, and artificial intelligence will play significant roles. I will attempt to unpack this further in later blogs. 

For now, I will leave you with this. Humans can’t predict exponential growth. All we can do is be open-minded while maintaining an unwavering intention towards progress. 

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Olivia Ramos is the CEO of Deepblocks, an AI-powered software that automates the site selection process for developers and investors.

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Author Olivia Ramos
Founder and CEO of Deepblocks, holds master's degrees in Architecture from Columbia University and Real Estate Development from the University of Miami. Her achievements before Deepblocks include designing Big Data navigation software for the Department of Defense's DARPA Innovation House and graduating from Singularity University's Global Solutions and Accelerator programs.