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Can Building “Artificially Intelligent Cities” Safeguard Humanity from Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Catastrophes? An Urban Scholar’s Perspective

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School of Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
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High Performance Computing Center, King Abdulaziz University, Al Ehtifalat St, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
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Bisite Research Group, University of Salamanca, 37007 Salamanca, Spain
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Air Institute, IoT Digital Innovation Hub, 37188 Salamanca, Spain
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Department of Electronics, Information and Communication, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka Institute of Technology, Osaka 535-8585, Japan
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Pusat Komputeran dan Informatik, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Kelantan 16100, Malaysia
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Sensors 2020, 20(10), 2988; https://doi.org/10.3390/s20102988
Received: 28 April 2020 / Revised: 21 May 2020 / Accepted: 22 May 2020 / Published: 25 May 2020
In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has started to manifest itself at an unprecedented pace. With highly sophisticated capabilities, AI has the potential to dramatically change our cities and societies. Despite its growing importance, the urban and social implications of AI are still an understudied area. In order to contribute to the ongoing efforts to address this research gap, this paper introduces the notion of an artificially intelligent city as the potential successor of the popular smart city brand—where the smartness of a city has come to be strongly associated with the use of viable technological solutions, including AI. The study explores whether building artificially intelligent cities can safeguard humanity from natural disasters, pandemics, and other catastrophes. All of the statements in this viewpoint are based on a thorough review of the current status of AI literature, research, developments, trends, and applications. This paper generates insights and identifies prospective research questions by charting the evolution of AI and the potential impacts of the systematic adoption of AI in cities and societies. The generated insights inform urban policymakers, managers, and planners on how to ensure the correct uptake of AI in our cities, and the identified critical questions offer scholars directions for prospective research and development. View Full-Text
Keywords: artificial intelligence (AI); artificially intelligent city; artificially intelligence commons; smart city; smart urban technology; urban informatics; sustainable urban development; climate change; pandemics; natural disasters artificial intelligence (AI); artificially intelligent city; artificially intelligence commons; smart city; smart urban technology; urban informatics; sustainable urban development; climate change; pandemics; natural disasters
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Yigitcanlar, T.; Butler, L.; Windle, E.; Desouza, K.C.; Mehmood, R.; Corchado, J.M. Can Building “Artificially Intelligent Cities” Safeguard Humanity from Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Catastrophes? An Urban Scholar’s Perspective. Sensors 2020, 20, 2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20102988

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Yigitcanlar T, Butler L, Windle E, Desouza KC, Mehmood R, Corchado JM. Can Building “Artificially Intelligent Cities” Safeguard Humanity from Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Catastrophes? An Urban Scholar’s Perspective. Sensors. 2020; 20(10):2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20102988

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Yigitcanlar, Tan, Luke Butler, Emily Windle, Kevin C. Desouza, Rashid Mehmood, and Juan M. Corchado 2020. "Can Building “Artificially Intelligent Cities” Safeguard Humanity from Natural Disasters, Pandemics, and Other Catastrophes? An Urban Scholar’s Perspective" Sensors 20, no. 10: 2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/s20102988

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