GOOD Gives Us a Glimpse of the Future of Cities


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Throughout this year’s 7 Days of Genius, our partners at GOOD are sharing stories that address some of the 7 Days of Genius challenges. Writer Jordan E. Rosenfeld gives us a glimpse of what the future of cities may look like, explaining how researchers from Gartner Inc., say that by the year 2020, smart “things” or rather smart machines will be talking to each other. Rosenfeld writes:

Every day, over 3.2 billion people connect to the internet to check social media, read the headlines, shop online, and share more than 1.5 million gigabytes of data every minute. However, there’s another internet of sorts, one that exchanges almost as much data, without the celebrity gossip or commenting trolls. Using sophisticated sensors, location software, and even artificial intelligence, “smart” machines and devices are wired and talking to one another without any need to interface with humans, in an environment known as the Internet of Things (IoT). These things can range from your refrigerator to your car, from sprinkler systems to healthcare systems. Tech experts predict that by 2020, more than 25 billion smart “things” will be talking to one another.

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