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City of the Future

A response to question L on the IE Application. The city of the future will be a masterpiece of information that connects people and enables new ideas.

Nate Wilson

on 8 April 2013

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Transcript of City of the Future

In the city of the future, excessive use of personally identifying information may be a breach of trust. In small doses though, this information will be used to shape environments and experiences to make them highly specific to individual citizens. It makes growing cities immensely more personal and inviting which in turn, builds strong community.

Information is only valuable when it is used and applied. Governments and communities that embrace this idea respond by "opening" much of the information they collect so anyone can download or connect to it. As a result more analysis is performed across a larger workforce to make the information useful and through it to learn how a community can improve.

Certain information dramatically increases in value when associated with a geographical location. Cities of the future will leverage this to improve communities by engaging citizens in specific locales to help collect relevant information. Such information also aids in developing catered solutions for all corners of a burgeoning future city.
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Impact Station Green Lights Station Information Trains at Exhibit Station Information Trains at Impact Station Information Trains at Forecast Station Information Trains at Flow Station Information Trains at Emergency Station Information Trains at Hive Station Information Trains at Green Lights Station Visualized Information Visualized Information Visualized Information Open Information Open Information Open Information Identity Information Identity Information Sensory Information Sensory Information Sensory Information Responsive Information Responsive Information Responsive Information Crowd-based Information Crowd-based Information Crowd-based Information Crowd-based Information Geo-Information Geo-Information Geo-Information Information about any city improvement projects is "open" for the public to use. This data could be represented in the form of 3D augmented reality overlays. Such a display would help citizens visualize the impact of proposed projects on the surrounding area. New bridges could be shown in-place and brown-space reclamation initiatives could show how parks will look upon completion. Even modeling construction scenarios and rendering visual information such as traffic detours or temporary congestion could be achieved in the city of the future.

A critical piece of any information masterpiece is understanding the most effective ways to convey information. Powerful forms of visualization like augmented reality, choropleth "heat" maps, and charts with a moving time dimension serve to engage city residents and reveal how information plays a central role in their community.

Sometimes information is so significant and straightforward that very little help is needed to make use of it. In such cases, future cities will create infrastructure and process that dynamically adapt by taking into account real-time data about the city. Responsive information can enable scale & sustainability through better resource management in cities.

As the city of the future progresses, it needs effective ways to learn useful information about itself. Usage of rugged, accurate sensors will rise and with this growth more types of automated information collection will appear on the market. Before long city infrastructure may even be able to sense the mood of citizens in the community.

Networks of citizens in future cities will play a central role in creating an information masterpiece. Broadly sourced information reveals the big picture and specific details to ensure every citizen gets heard. Crowd-based information also decreases discovery time for problems or issues enabling the city to react and respond faster than ever before. Information about personal tastes might one day help craft the city experience for every individual. New advances in digital art combined with a unique history of likes and dislikes might result in future cities that render different works of art in the same public space for different individuals. Resident artists might create "safe graffiti" in a virtual space that is projected rather than painted onto permanent structures. Augmented reality plays a role here also with sculpture and perhaps even animated characters of cultural significance that greet tourists in public spaces. Transit systems in future cities will grow out of the nexus of information achieved by combining individual planned routes from large numbers of riders. Instead of planning capacity for historical route volumes, real-time data from crowds of citizens will help transit become more elastic and responsive to unanticipated changes in system load. Since new information technology allows riders to carry digital passes, systems could even dynamically re-route passengers across multiple transit modes when necessary. Transit may become a subscription service in the city of the future. In cities of the future, combining sensory information with the ability of infrastructure and process to respond dynamically will enable ever more enriching and efficient environments for city dwellers. Instead of energy-expensive street lights remaining lit all night long, sensors providing information about moving persons or oncoming vehicles could reduce resource consumption and cost by allowing them to stay dark when there is nobody in need of the light. Imagine checking the illness forecast along with the weather as part of a daily morning routine. If future cities tap into anonymous information collected from personal health sensors this may be possible. First this crowd-based sensor data needs to be linked with geo-location information at the time of collection. If the information is then opened for public use anyone could create engaging ways of communicating the current spread of illness across the city. One day citizens might watch a weather map to see a cold front coming followed closely by a flu front just a few hours behind. Legend Open Visual Identity Responsive Sensor Geo-data Crowd Information Trains at Home Station Open Information Since open information is available to anyone for general use this information "train" would definitely stop at our home station. Home Station City of the Future A masterpiece of
information More: Explore global flu trends with Google Nate Wilson
#IEApplication This line will cross stations that use open information in the city of the future. Open Information Visualized Information Cold front Flu front The city of the future will be able to alert citizens to critical emergency information that may be specific to their current location and engage citizens to collect location-specific data when an immediate need arises. By turning a crowd of individuals into witnesses, detectives, or medics based on the scenario, cities will bring greater elasticity and a higher response speed to their current emergency services. This enables the community as a whole to respond better during natural disasters, criminal acts, or other emergencies, ultimately making the city of the future a safer place to live and work. Public transit won't be the only upgraded mode of transportation in the city of the future. Work is already underway on private vehicles that can operate without a driver at the controls. As technology like this develop, cities will benefit from a wide array of networked sensors on-board that help keep passengers safe on roads by responding immediately to roadway conditions. The intelligent vehicle network will also increase the capacity of current infrastructure. With so many vehicles collecting and sharing data, cities will learn more valuable insights about roadway optimization and safety. The following images included in this presentation were found published under a creative commons license that permits reuse.

City of Oakland (Background Image):

Street Lights Photo (Green Lights Station):

Video Mapping Projection York Minster Building (Exhibit Station):

Metro crowd (Flow Station):

Cold front portion (overlay at Forecast Station):

Emergency assistance (Emergency Station):

Networked Vehicles (Hive Station):

Family Photo (Home Station): http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertataylor/406312039/sizes/z/in/photostream/

Audio/Speaker Icon (Title Screen):
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presentation Two ways to explore the city of the future:

Use the play button, or click the arrows below to follow a guided tour (with audio)
Zoom out and explore the city on your own.
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