In “Smart Cities,” NYU Rudin Center Senior Research Fellow Anthony Townsend makes the case for intelligent urban technologies. An excerpt, ”Quest for a New Utopia,” was published yesterday,in the Cairo Review:
In 2008, our global civilization reached three historic thresholds.
The first came in February when United Nations demographers predicted that within the year, the millennia-long project of settling the planet would move into its final act. “The world population will reach a landmark in 2008,” they declared; “for the first time in history the urban population will equal the rural population of the world.” We would give up the farm for good and become a mostly urban species.”
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