Smart Cities Should Be Social Cities | Future Cities

he visions we get about future cities are inevitably “smart,” generally slick, and frequently lonely. Data helps individuals to glide their way around a city smoothly without the crippling embarrassment of asking for directions, or indeed talking to anyone.


So where is everyone else? What does the future city say about future communities? After all, no matter how much we grumble or bury ourselves in digital distractions on the daily commute, we’re social creatures. Part of the buzz about being in a city is the chance to meet and connect with new communities. A group of social tech ventures we have funded at Nominet Trust is finding innovative ways for technology to go beyond giving us information about the local environment, and instead enable communities to shape the cities of the future. …