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06/11/2015

Tech and the city

Words: Simon Wicks
Smart cities

Does the growth of ‘smart’ technology herald an age of urban utopias – or the very opposite? Simon Wicks gauges the views of speakers at the European Council of Spatial Planners’ biennial conference in Dublin

Too much information. A refrain of the age, it was brought up repeatedly at a two-day conference that roamed widely across the implications of data capture, sorting and analysis in the modern world.

There’s a virtual mountain of ‘big data’, the digitally captured information that, increasingly, powers the operations and  decision-making in 21st century cities.

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