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Author Green, Ben, 1992- author.

Title The smart enough city : putting technology in its place to reclaim our urban future / Ben Green.

Publication Info. Cambridge : MIT Press, 2019.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Internet  WORLD WIDE WEB E-BOOK MIT    Downloadable
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 223 pages) : illustrations, maps.
Series <Strong> ideas series
Strong ideas.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed March 21, 2019)
Summary Why technology is not an end in itself, and how cities can be "smart enough," using technology to promote democracy and equity. Smart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial intelligence will relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. In The Smart Enough City, Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be "smart enough": to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change--but not to value technology as an end in itself. In a technology-centric smart city, self-driving cars have the run of downtown and force out pedestrians, civic engagement is limited to requesting services through an app, police use algorithms to justify and perpetuate racist practices, and governments and private companies surveil public space to control behavior. Green describes smart city efforts gone wrong but also smart enough alternatives, attainable with the help of technology but not reducible to technology: a livable city, a democratic city, a just city, a responsible city, and an innovative city. By recognizing the complexity of urban life rather than merely seeing the city as something to optimize, these Smart Enough Cities successfully incorporate technology into a holistic vision of justice and equity.
Contents Foreword / by Jascha Franklin-Hodge -- The Smart City : A New Era on the Horizon -- The Livable City : The Limits and Dangers of New Technology -- The Democratic City : The Social Determinants of Technology's Impacts -- The Just City : Machine Learning's Social and Political Foundations -- The Responsible City : Avoiding Technology's Undemocratic Social Contracts -- The Innovative City : The Relationship between Technical and Nontechnical Change in City Government -- The Smart Enough City : Lessons from the Past and a Framework for the Future.
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Subject Smart cities.
Appropriate technology.
City planning.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Technology and state.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Sociology -- Urban.
Smart cities. (OCoLC)fst02002352
ISBN 9780262352246 (electronic book)
0262352249 (electronic book)
9780262039673 (print)
0262039672 (print)
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