Are we ready for smarter cities?

A high-tech urban future requires engineering expertise, education and collaboration

By Keith Albertson

The idea of a futuristic city where people and ma- chines interact seamlessly has long been a common theme in science fiction and pop culture. It depicts a utopia where devices in homes, transportation and workplaces are guided by sensors and connect- ed by computers, all sharing information to antici- pate and adjust for human comfort, efficiency and safety.

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