- Veröffentlicht: 24. August 2023
In today's rapidly evolving world, smart cities are gaining traction. With the integration of cutting-edge technologies, cities are transforming into interconnected ecosystems that aim to foster sustainable development and enhance the quality of life for their inhabitants.
As the cofounder of a smart city economic development council, I believe smart cities will be powered by numerous converging frontier technologies, as well as pioneer the adoption of "phygital" environments. And this could ultimately lead to omniverse-enabled cities. From my view, omniverse-enabled smart cities would be able to capitalize on advanced computational power and accelerate, customize or enhance current urban projects.
Converging Technology Trends
I believe the convergence of several transformative technologies could drive the development of omniverse-enabled smart cities. Some of this tech includes the Internet of Things and Industrial Internet of Things; cloud computing; a complex blockchain-powered web 3.0 architecture stack; and a vast portfolio of artificial intelligence tools and methods, including generative AI and cognitive AI.
Another example is biometrics, with its advanced identification and authentication techniques that can help ensure robust security and access control. Data fabric integrates disparate data sources, facilitating real-time data analysis and enabling informed decision making. Cybersecurity mesh, an intricate network of security elements, establishes a dynamic and self-adaptive protection system against evolving threats. Privacy-enhancing computation ensures confidentiality while allowing efficient data processing, balancing privacy and utility. Other converging technology trends include cloud-native platforms, decision intelligence, composable applications, automation and more.
From my perspective, these technology trends are laying the foundation for creating interconnected and intelligent urban ecosystems. The combined deployment of these technologies presents an exciting future where businesses can leverage their transformative potential to drive innovation, sustainability and improved quality of life.
As tech evolves, companies must adapt. Systems integration is pivotal in harmonizing diverse technological components, facilitating seamless communication and efficient operations.
Despite the immense potential I believe omniverse-enabled smart cities hold, several challenges must be addressed for their successful implementation. Interoperability standards and customized key performance indicators are all equally important. Privacy and security concerns can also arise due to the vast data collected and shared within these cities. Deploying proactive digital ethics programs and ensuring robust cybersecurity measures and transparent data governance frameworks is crucial to maintaining public trust.
In addition to the technical barriers, the digital divide poses a major challenge, as not all citizens have equal access to technology and digital literacy. Bridging this gap is essential to prevent exacerbating existing social inequalities. Furthermore, integrating diverse stakeholders, including government bodies, private enterprises and citizens, requires effective collaboration and governance structures.
Looking ahead, the future of omniverse-enabled smart cities holds immense promise. As technology continues to advance, integrating frontier technologies such as next-generation genomic sequencing, multiomics, digital twins, semantic web analysis, human-computer interfaces, satellite internet, 10G and quantum computing could further enhance the capabilities of these cities. I expect the convergence and integration of these technologies to be highly disruptive and continuously reshape the evolution of smart cities while making them more inclusive and sustainable.
Key Strategies For Forward-Thinking Business Leaders
1. Adopt a digitally ambidextrous leadership style suitable for the omniverse.
To thrive in this era of blurred boundaries between physical and digital worlds, I have found it effective to embrace design thinking and cultivate an exponential thinking mindset. By incorporating these approaches into their leadership style, leaders can effectively manage and adapt to the rapidly evolving landscape of technology and innovation. Being proactive in upskilling and reskilling themselves and their teams, as well as recalibrating their risk tolerance, can facilitate adaptation to an omniverse-powered urban ecosystem.
2. Leverage hybrid augmented intelligence, and optimize human-computer workflows.
Leaders can embrace hybrid augmented intelligence and optimize human-computer workflows to prepare for the future of smart cities, as doing so can generate operational efficiency by reducing bottlenecks and empowering humans to provide oversight and elevate critical decision-making. Best practices that facilitate this transition involve implementing proactive cyber ethics programs to manage responsible hybrid workflows. This can ensure the ethical and secure integration of frontier technologies in urban systems.
3. Harmonize enterprise digital strategy with other key global purpose-driven initiatives.
These initiatives could include diversity, equity, inclusion, environmental, social and governance. Leaders can harmonize their digital strategy with smart city initiatives by building multi-disciplinary, cross-functional and diverse teams. Designing integrated custom key performance indicators efficiently aligns the digital strategy with the city's goals and objectives.
For instance, in several smart city projects that deployed deep tech, we formed a team comprising experts from various domains like urban planning, data science and engineering to collaboratively develop KPIs that measured the impact of our digital initiatives on sustainability, efficiency and citizen satisfaction. This approach ensured a holistic and effective integration of digital technologies to achieve the desired outcomes in the context of smart cities.
From my perspective, omniverse-enabled smart cities will represent a paradigm shift in urban development. While this article focused on technology, human leadership and a human-centric approach remain paramount. Business leaders should collaborate with global stakeholders in designing future cities to ensure people are optimally included within the hybrid human-computer workflows.
By placing humanity's needs at the forefront, I believe cities can offer an enhanced quality of life and foster a more DEI- and ESG-conscious world. Through intentional design, smart cities could elevate the human experience while simultaneously addressing complex challenges, revolutionizing the global landscape and enhancing the quality of life for people worldwide.
Autor(en)/Author(s): Ingrid Vasiliu Feltes
Quelle/Source: Forbes, 17.08.2023