Tech experts all around the world have different opinions when it comes to smart cities and artificial intelligence. Though they believe that AI technology has the potential to change the world, they are not quite sure whether it is for the better or not and what kind of effect it will have on an average person. There are people who believe that humanity will be better off in the hands of advanced high tech AI systems whereas others who believe that it is precisely this kind of technology that will be the downfall of humanity as we know it.
Smart Cities and Human Bodies
Take the example of us humans. We have been living and evolving together in big cities for thousands of years but how much have we grown, really? Yes, we have replaced old medieval city walls with new roads as well as bridges but the overall essence of our cities has remained in one shape. As technology takes us forward, we have continued to build on top of the same foundations that we laid with the help of old tech. But where do we go from here?
A city requires a lot of functions in order to perform and many times, it faces challenges in doing so. These challenges are quite similar to the ones faced by living breathing beings. After all, isn’t a city a living breathing thing too? The way a garbage disposal works in a city to dispose of the dirt is a very similar to a human body excreting waste. There are many other examples I could give you but the point is clear.
Our Digital Footprint
This is where the idea of smart cities comes into play. Our cities have their own digital footprints in the form of internet which is connected to not only our smart cars, but our phones, our houses, street lamps, road signals and our homes as well. The digital world is expanding where you live while you read this. The reason why this is such a huge breakthrough is because the city will start to function on autopilot, the same way our body functions from the inside.
Run On Auto-Pilot
The biggest factor influenced by this kind of a change would be security. Infrastructure can very well be damaged or start to malfunction. Power plants that provide power to numerous homes can overheat and turn off unless someone is constantly overseeing them. How is it possible for us as humans to oversee the probable outcomes of anything? Sure we can guess but how can we say with complete certainty when a power plant for example, is going to overheat and malfunction? The answer to this problem would be a smart city.
With the help of AI technology, smart cities would have their very own immune system to ward off any and all threats that may be presented with the help of sensors, algorithms and patterns. This will give us a chance to deal with a problem before it causes the city any real damage.
Responsible Transition, Not a Reckless One
It is a known factor that cyberspace is something of a blank canvas that we can use to do anything as long as we can imagine it. A smart city would be a step forward in the future but it can also not be denied that there are threats that may present while we are on that journey. It is the job of everyone working to update technology and drive us seamlessly into this new world to program the AI technology in a way that it is fool-proof and safe from any and all cyber threats.
The Inevitable Future
When we move forward into this new world, and I say when and not if because this future is in fact inevitable, we will have to do so in a responsible manner. Our lives will change in ways we have not even imagined yet but most of it will be for the better. The problems we face every day in our lives will soon disappear and be replaced by new ones. But I ask you, isn’t that the course of life, anyway?