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In the 21st century, the concept of a smart city? Is more than just a buzzword or an ideology, it a necessity. With the increasing and unpredictable demands of urbanization, individuals from the public and private sectors are turning to emerging technology to tackle the many implications of a growing urban sprawl. From the “Big Apple” to a desert metropolis, smart cities around the world are innovating solutions to problems like overcrowding, congestion and pollution in an attempt to make urban life as efficient as possible. CNN explores how these solutions, both big and small, use technology like cloud computing, blockchain solutions, biometrics and artificial intelligence to revolutionize city life as we know it.
By 2050, the world’s major cities will be crowded by six and a half billion people. Pollution, inequality, and climate change threaten the living standards that cities can offer. Yet people designed these problems and people can design their solutions. CNN profiles the cutting-edge projects that combat the pressures modern cities face. Innovators in the UK and Ghana are turning to natural, yet surprising, resources to reduce their carbon footprint, while scientists in the Netherlands and India are finding ways to protect their citizens from the ravages of climate change, whether it is rising sea levels or extreme temperatures. And in Australia, a new approach to urban planning melds nature with modern cool in the world largest vertical garden