Cities are the way of the future.
In less than 35 years, the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of the world population will be living in urban areas. That’s an additional 2.5 billion people. The cities that will flourish the most are those that rely on cutting-edge technologies and create opportunities for people to develop new ones.
To get a sense of which cities do that the best, Business Insider consulted 2thinknow, a research firm that specializes in analyzing innovative cities, to rank the most high-tech cities in the world.
The future of transportation is dependent on innovative technologies and materials enabled by chemistry. Today greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation account for about 30 percent of total U.S. GHG emissions, and governments globally are calling for more fuel-efficient vehicles.
Already, technologies enabled by science are making vehicles lighter helping to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. In addition, science is helping make today’s passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and public transportation more reliable, affordable, safer and durable.
Infrastructure is the combination of fundamental systems that support a community, region, or country. It includes everything from water and sewer systems to road and rail networks to the national power and natural gas grids. Perhaps there will be a hydrogen grid in the future as well.
Did you know that evidence suggests the wheel was first invented to create pottery in 3500 BC? And researchers believe it wasn’t until about three centuries later that humans thought to use wheels to make chariots? Fast forward to the twenty-first century, and it’s clear we’ve made a lot of changes to our transportation systems since then. But we’re not done finding better ways to move around. These three cities are making big improvements – making transportation better for all of us and for our planet.
The smart city concept has leapfrogged theory to reality , as a growing number of global business capitals and trade hubs have bought in. This new cocktail of next-gen infrastructure, dense urbanization, and commercial clout offers the tantalizing possibility of a smart economy.
It might sound like utopian science fiction, but at its core, it’s basically the use of tools, policies, and tech to improve economic efficiency. And as different cities and their stakeholders begin to implement their own smart city plans, we are seeing a number of interpretations emerge.
Surplus and Scarcity The planet is growing more food than ever , and yet millions of people continue to starve worldwide. People are hungry everywhere — in the country, in the suburbs. But increasingly, one of the front lines in the war against hunger is in cities.
Cities don’t just get filthy in the visual sense — urban spaces can often be a raging mess of sound. The blaring car horns, the police sirens screaming through the usual waves of traffic, the clatter of passing trains, the constant cacophony of voices rising and falling as a strange melody — this deluge of noise can be devastating to the human psyche.