We Were Promised Smart Cities. What Happened?

These days, while large-scale smart city projects are continuing around the world, the focus has largely shifted toward incorporating smart technology into existing cities as opposed to just building brand new cities on virgin land.

It’s essentially become a matter of private entities operating with the permission and support of city or state governments, according to Ellen Goodman, a professor at Rutgers Law School who has written extensively on smart city ethics.

“The focus has been on smart cities, or smart urbanism, or urban tech because cities have these frontline responsibilities for so many services where there is a lot of money to be made in the tech. There’s a lot of ground to be covered that tech can help you cover,” she told Built In. “Aspirationally, it’s using technology, in a way, to improve the provision of services.”

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