Content Pills #4: 10 New Smart Cities Books To Read this 2022 Summer

Content Pills #4: 10 New Smart Cities Books To Read this 2022 Summer

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As featured on CNN, Forbes, Inc., we identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on recommendations by thought leaders and experts, about Urbanism, IoT, AI and diferents Smart Cities challenges.

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“Smart Citizens in Smart Cities. The Fourth Industrial Revolution”
Malik Luti
Three industrial revolutions have been among the most seminal events in human history, and now we are in the fourth, Industry 4.0. From time immemorial, we have created breakthroughs with any number of devices, machines, and methodologies, all in an effort to make our lives easier. But each new age of innovation has brought ever more daunting challenges to our very existence.Today’s technological revolution, Industry 4.0, is fundamentally changing every aspect of our lives more radically than ever before.

“Dream States. Smart Cities and the Pursuit of Utopian Urbanism”
John Lorinc
A look at 21st-century city-building. Is the utopian “smart city” within our grasp? The promise of the so-called smart city has been at the forefront of urban planning and development since the early 2010s, and the tech industry that supplies smart city software and hardware is now worth hundreds of billions a year. But the ideas and approaches underpinning smart city tech raise tough and important questions about the future of urban communities, surveillance, automation, and public participation.The smart city era, moreover, belongs firmly in a longer historical narrative about cities — one defined by utopian ideologies, architectural visions, and technological fantasies. Smart streetlights, water and air quality tracking, autonomous vehicles: with examples from all over the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Portland, and Chicago, Dream States unpacks the world of smart city tech, but also situates this important shift in city-building into a broader story about why we still dream about perfect places.

“AI and IoT for Smart City Applications”
Vincenzo Piuri, Rabindra Nath Shaw, Ankush Ghosh, Rabiul Islam
This book provides a valuable combination of relevant research works on developing smart city ecosystem from the artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of things (IoT) perspective. The technical research works presented here are focused on a number of aspects of smart cities: smart mobility, smart living, smart environment, smart citizens, smart government, and smart waste management systems as well as related technologies and concepts. This edited book offers critical insight to the key underlying research themes within smart cities, highlighting the limitations of current developments and potential future directions.

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“Smart Cities for Sustainable Development”
Ram Kumar Mishra, Ch Lakshmi Kumari, Sandeep Chachra, P.S. Janaki Krishna
This book reviews the structure, applications, technologies, governance, environmental sustainability, smart communities, gender space and other issues related to smart cities. The book is divided into four parts. The first one entails the conceptual background, growth and development. The second part presents diverse issues on smart cities in terms of environmental sustainability, the role of the community, and gender space, among others. The third part revolves around economic and technological issues, and the fourth is a compilation of case studies in connection with smart cities.This collection of diverse issues from different locations presents a holistic view of smart cities contributed by authors who have undertaken research projects and implemented their own unique perspectives and methods. A variety of innovative concepts such as digital governance, polycentric structures, geodata repositories, geoweb services and advanced geospatial technologies in smart city planning, urban microclimatic parameters, and urban heat islands provide invaluable knowledge for researchers and practitioners in these fields.

“Smart Cities. Critical Debates on Big Data, Urban Development and Social Environmental Sustainability”
Negin Minaei
This book examines critical topics in Smart Cities such as true sustainability and the resilience required for all cities. It explores sustainability issues in agriculture and the role of agri-technology for a sustainable future, including a city’s ability to locally produce food for its residents.

“Bloockchain. Technology and applications for Industry 4.0, Smart Energy, and Smart Cities”
Nataa ivi, Matev Pustiek, Andrej Kos
Blockchains are seen as a technology for the future, which reduce the cost of trust and revolutionize transactions between individuals, companies and governments. The sense of using blockchains is to minimize the probability of errors, successful frauds and paper-intensive processes. For these reasons, blockchains already have and will have a significant impact to the society and every day’s life, especially in field of Machine to Machine (M2M) communications, which are one of the basic technologies for Internet of Things (IoT).Therefore, blockchains with their inherent property to provide security, privacy and decentralized operation are engine for todays and future reliable, autonomous and trusted IoT platforms. Specially, a disruptive role of ledger technologies in future smart personal mobility systems, which combine smart car industry, smart energy/smart cities will be explained in the book, considering its importance for development of new industrial and business models.


“Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Smart Cities”
Mohamed Lahby, Utku Kose, Akash Kumar Bhoi
Thanks to rapid technological developments in terms of Computational Intelligence, smart tools have been playing active roles in daily life. It is clear that the 21st century has brought about many advantages in using high-level computation and communication solutions to deal with real-world problems; however, more technologies bring more changes to society. In this sense, the concept of smart cities has been a widely discussed topic in terms of society and Artificial Intelligence-oriented research efforts.

“Beyond Smart Cities. Creating the Most Attractive Cities for Talented Citizens”
José A. Ondiviela
Cities are experiencing unprecedented times. In addition of managing the best possible post-pandemic recovery, Cities are at the beginning of the 4th industrial revolution, and all want to play a relevant role in it. To achieve this, they must retain and attract the necessary talent. There is a fierce competition where cities transform to become as attractive as possible. But what makes a city attractive (from emotional and rational sides) to talented citizens? For mayors and city directors: how can I prepare my city for this goal? What kind of transformations in the medium-long term should I develop?

“The Platform Economy and the Smart City. Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy”
Austin Zwick, Zachary Spicer
Over the past decade, cities have come into closer contact and conflict with new technologies. From reactive policymaking in response to platform economy firms to proactive policymaking in an effort to develop into smart cities, urban governance is transforming at an unprecedented speed and scale. Innovative technologies promise a brave new world of convenience and cost effectiveness – powered by cameras that monitor our movements, sensors that line our streets, and algorithms that determine our resource allocation – but at what cost?

“Internet of Everything and Big Data”
Salah-ddine Krit, Mohamed Elhoseny, Valentina Emilia Balas, Rachid Benlamri
There currently is no in-depth book dedicated to the challenge of the Internet of Everything and Big Data technologies in smart cities. Humankind today is confronting a critical worldwide portability challenge and the framework that moves cities must keep pace with the innovation. Internet of Everything and Big Data: Major Challenges in Smart Cities reviews the applications, technologies, standards, and other issues related to smart cities.This book is dedicated to addressing the major challenges in realizing smart cities and sensing platforms in the era of Big Data cities and Internet of Everything.

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Content Pills #4: 10 New Smart Cities Books To Read this 2022 Summer