Is the “Smart City” Concept Losing Its Appeal?

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By Tobias Carroll It isn’t hard to see the appeal of a kind of technology-driven utopianism factored into urban design. The idea that connecting more pieces of urban infrastructure to the internet — and making certain parts of the landscape more responsive to the people interacting with it — could make for a more livable experience is understandable. And with more and more everyday objects being interconnected — the way you can use your phone to pay for a ride on public transit, for instance — shows this concept going from theory into practice. But there are also privacy and security concerns …

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