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The Dual Role of Artificial Intelligence in Developing Smart Cities

Department of Mathematics and Physics, Catholic University of Sacred Heart, 25133 Brescia, Italy
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Smart Cities 2022, 5(2), 728-755; https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5020038
Received: 13 May 2022 / Revised: 1 June 2022 / Accepted: 9 June 2022 / Published: 13 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Urban Level Smart Energy System)
Defining smart city pillars, and their nature and essence, continues to be debated in the scientific literature. The vast amount of information collected by electronic devices, often regarded merely as a means of rationalizing the use of resources and improving efficiency, could also be considered as a pillar. Information by itself cannot be deciphered or understood without analysis performed by algorithms based on Artificial Intelligence. Such analysis extracts new forms of knowledge in the shape of correlations and patterns used to support the decision-making processes associated with governance and, ultimately, to define new policies. Alongside information, energy plays a crucial role in smart cities as many activities that lead to growth in the economy and employment depend on this pillar. As a result, it is crucial to highlight the link between energy and the algorithms able to plan and forecast the energy consumption of smart cities. The result of this paper consists in the highlighting of how AI and information together can be legitimately considered foundational pillars of smart cities only when their real impact, or value, has been assessed. Furthermore, Artificial Intelligence can be deployed to support smart grids, electric vehicles, and smart buildings by providing techniques and methods to enhance their innovative value and measured efficiency. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart city pillars; Artificial Intelligence; smart grids; electric vehicles; smart buildings smart city pillars; Artificial Intelligence; smart grids; electric vehicles; smart buildings
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Zamponi, M.E.; Barbierato, E. The Dual Role of Artificial Intelligence in Developing Smart Cities. Smart Cities 2022, 5, 728-755. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5020038

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Zamponi ME, Barbierato E. The Dual Role of Artificial Intelligence in Developing Smart Cities. Smart Cities. 2022; 5(2):728-755. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5020038

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Zamponi, Maria Enrica, and Enrico Barbierato. 2022. "The Dual Role of Artificial Intelligence in Developing Smart Cities" Smart Cities 5, no. 2: 728-755. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5020038

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