SMART CITY ABC aims to decode a territory that has produced a specialist vocabulary, in order to promote acessibility to the debate. The vision of the ‘Smart City’ was introduced by some of the largest tech corporations to address population growth, political instability and resource scarcity.

With the proliferation of networked sensors and distributed processing often called the ‘Internet of Things’ comes the possibility of a fully embedded information infrastructure; a city operating system. Data sensed and extracted from smart phones, security cameras, city rapid transit networks and personal health trackers can be analysed, packaged and traded as ‘Big Data’ that the Cities need to predict future patterns.

For some, this is a techno-utopia come true, where management is algorithmic , eficient and error-free, and happiness abounds; for others, it signals mass surveillance and control.

This glossary-in-progress aims to illuminate terminology and decipher buzzwords. In order to participate in the shaping of our public spaces, we must engage with this evolving laguage.

A word a week

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