We know nature reduces stress and can make us more effective at certain tasks, yet we are driven to live in cities; more than half of the world’s population is considered urban. And according to researchers, more than two-thirds of people will be in cities by 2050. Meyers-Lindenberg, the director of the Central Institute for Mental Health and author of the Lederbogen et al. study, is interested in understanding why cities “make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions
‘Smart City’ is the big noise. Rapid technological advancement has opened up a whole range of opportunities for city managers to increase their capacity to do what they’re paid to, manage their cities. A battery of smart sensors, vastly increased computing power, the internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning all combine to transform our cities into some wonderful utopian dream.
Smart Cities are hailed to be the ethnographical and geographical change of current times. Promoted as the means to change not only the way our rapidly growing urban areas function, but also more importantly held to the somewhat blinding accolade as holding the means to change our lives, not just now but for the future too.