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Columbus is one city with exemplary characteristics, making it ripe for a smart city transformation. This is one of the reasons the city won the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Smart City Challenge in 2015. In addition to the original $50 million grant given to fund the city's plans, it has since raised over $500 million to support its smart city journey and recently hired chief innovation officer Mike Stevens to lead the effort. City officials also plan to implement a variety of smart technologies including streetlights that are also wireless internet hubs, a system allowing emergency vehicles to interact with traffic signals, common payment systems, smart mobility hubs and smart streetlighting.


Why-do-cities-get-smarter-Learn-from-these-smart-city-examples

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Columbus is one city with exemplary characteristics, making it ripe for a smart city transformation. This is one of the reasons the city won the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Smart City Challenge in 2015. In addition to the original $50 million grant given to fund the city's plans, it has since raised over $500 million to support its smart city journey and recently hired chief innovation officer Mike Stevens to lead the effort. City officials also plan to implement a variety of smart technologies including streetlights that are also wireless internet hubs, a system allowing emergency vehicles to interact with traffic signals, common payment systems, smart mobility hubs and smart streetlighting.


DeepMind researchers create AI with an 'imagination'

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To construct and evaluate future plans, the I2As "imagine" actions and outcomes in sequence before deciding which plan to execute. A third option allows the I2As to create an "imagination tree," which lets the agent choose to continue imagining from any imaginary situation created since the last action it took. For both tasks, the I2As performed better than agents without future reasoning abilities, were able to learn with less experience and were able to handle imperfect environments. When it comes to planning ability and future reasoning, there's still a lot of work to be done, but this first look is a promising step towards imaginative AI.


Smart Cities: Utopia or Dystopia?

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New electrical technology is driving change, and sophisticated communication infrastructure will lead to even more. Public transportation is a cornerstone of large cities, and strong infrastructure can lead to greater service. Bus routes will become more reliable as real-time location data lets AI-driven systems send out buses where they're needed or hold buses back for greater reliability. Those interested in romance no longer have to head down to the pub to find potential partners when online dating provides great tools for meeting people online and arranging dates.


What are the 10 key things that make a city smart?

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The smart cities of tomorrow require more than simply deploying connectivity, sensors, and devices. Smart city solutions demand advanced energy networks that are sustainable, secure, dynamic, and resilient. We must build high-value nodes with local processing resources that operate seamlessly as a tiered participant in a distributed network. To support network-efficient, low latency, real-time decisions required for dynamic traffic management, augmented reality and beyond, smart cities need to deploy computational power at key locations and nodes: curbside data centers.


What are Smart Cities? Everything you need to know

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From traffic information to weather monitoring, the Internet of Things (IoT) is helping revolutionise how we live our lives across a number of industries. By connecting various aspects of the urban landscape to the Internet, local administrators will gain access to countless extra datasets that could help them provide better services for their citizens. The potential benefits provided by smart cities mean that the opportunities to utilise their technology are not limited to any particular areas or locations. For any city looking to embrace IoT technology, there are a number of hurdles to overcome, particularly concerning data analytics and smarter services investment.


It can't write this story yet, but Microsoft has trained AI to win Ms. Pac-Man

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"A lot of companies working on AI use games to build intelligent algorithms because there's a lot of human-like intelligence capabilities that you need to beat the games," Maluuba program manager Rahul Mehrotra explains in the story, noting that the variety of situations you can encounter while playing the games makes them a good testing ground. That divide between the top agent's egalitarian programming and each individual agent's individual desire to achieve its specific result or collect its specific pellet regardless of the obstacles or ghosts in the way, proved to be the algorithm's secret sauce. "There's this nice interplay between how they have to, on the one hand, cooperate based on the preferences of all the agents, but at the same time each agent cares only about one particular problem," Maluuba research manager Harm Van Seijen says in the story. "It really enables us to make further progress in solving these really complex problems," research manager Van Seijen says.


Becoming a smart city takes more than sensors and buzzwords

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Better parking, efficient lighting, improved traffic flow, smarter security, improved waste management, and disaster planning are all areas where technology can make an impact. Arvind Satyam, Cisco's managing director of smart cities and digitization division, gives the example of waste management and traffic departments working together. There is a reason "every city has their own challenges," said Blake Miller of Think Big Partners, a startup partnered with Cisco that's working on making Kansas City smarter. "The tenant, customer, and visitor experience is all integrated with the technology, and then all the back building facilities management is integrated as well," Eric Simone, CEO of ClearBlade, told Digital Trends.



Population increase and the smart city

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One thing is for certain when urbanization at this rate occurs, and that is the strain on public services and resources rapidly increases. By 2100 the global population is expected to reach 11 billion people, but we should see this as an exciting opportunity to use the Internet of Things in formatting smart cities. Smart waste management applies the Internet of Things to rapidly improve efficiency. The growth of smart cities should only accelerate over the coming years – their potential is limitless and although they are expensive to plan and implement initially, they will only benefit residents by improving living cost, health, and quality of life.