Building Cities Better, Building Better Cities: Are We Building Smart Cities on Dumb Information Systems? (Ethics in the City Series)

Ethics of AI in Context, Ethics in the City

The advent of Smart Cities has seen an explosion of research, development and deployment of applications that take advantage of the convergence of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Web-based information systems, mobile technologies, and the Cloud. But lurking beneath these applications is a city-wide information system (Urban Operating System) whose architecture is rooted in the previous century. Just as cities have physical infrastructures that are over 100 years old, city operating systems are often legacy systems over 10-20 years old. Yet, the Urban OS is fast becoming the primary means by which citizens and corporations interact with the city. It is becoming the face of the city. How do we want to interact with the city?. More importantly, how do we want the Urban OS to behave when the city and the Urban OS are the same? In this presentation we explore the question of how the future Urban OS should behave and not just how they are constructed.

Mark S. Fox
University of Toronto Distinguished Professor of Urban Systems Engineering


Wed, Mar 21, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto
Rm 200, Larkin Building