For a long time, the concept of smart cities – powered by sensors, artificial intelligence and big data – have captured our imaginations. And while these concepts won’t fall into place overnight, we are beginning to see them slowly take route in the urban environments around us.
As we approach what we hope are the tailwinds of the Covid-19 pandemic, we also approach a point of reflection. The potential power and practicality of smart cities continues to be a topic of debate. A recent TechHQ article documented Sidewalk Labs’ abandoned plans for a smart city development in an area of Toronto.