Ambient Technology in Cities
The Impact of Ambient Intelligence on the Urban Landscape
Chris Luebkeman, Arup Group Ltd
The emergence of so-called ambient intelligence – electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people – is now providing unprecedented means to understand the city at the unit scale. Soon buildings will “talk” to each other and the outside world, knowing where they are geographically, aggregating news, understanding issues of the day. This will allow us to coordinate city functions and eliminate inefficiencies to allow large metropolises to thrive in a resource-constrained future. While there is potential risk in wide accessibility to such information, we can protect ourselves by understanding the systematic interactions in the networks we configure. In this way, we will advance towards a society in which embedded knowledge revolutionizes our collective wisdom.