Smart cities hold the promise to potentially make urban areas more efficient, more secure, and even more, um, health conscious?
Mike Steep, Forbes, Contributor – JUNE 27, 2016 – Of course, the ultimate goal of any smart city is to improve urban infrastructures while minimizing costs, foster innovation in different industries, and improve the quality of life for its citizens. But, can smart cities actually improve our health?
To find out, we start with two questions: how can Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and systems engineering enable us to address this area and what are the business implications of these technologies and advancements?
I’ve recruited two imaginary citizens of the future, Alice and David, to see how a smart city ecosystem might address their needs.
Alice, 34, is a busy and ambitious engineer enjoying her job and working hard to progress in her field. She has a four-year-old child. Like most mothers, the quality of the food and water she provides for her child is very important. But recent lead poisoning alarms and wide outbreaks of E.coli are of increasing concern, especially since she is pregnant with a second child. Every night she sees media reports about the expanding spread of the Zika virus, and its potential impact on newborns.
SOURCE: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikesteep/2016/06/27/can-smart-cities-improve-the-health-of-its-citizens/#21cd88f87154; This piece was coauthored with Marzieh Nabi, Ph.D., PARC researcher.