The e-Future of Cities: Between Temptations of Exponential Technology Growth and the Concept of Human City

The e-Future of Cities: Between Temptations of Exponential Technology Growth and the Concept of Human City

October 24-25, 2019

The electronic future of cities, incarnated in the Smart City concept, is inevitable. A large number of cities have the title of Smart City both in developed and less developed countries all over the world. The quantity and quality of new technologies are exponentially growing almost daily.

Economically, socially and technologically developed countries embed the concept of Smart City within their urban system with success and some problems (cyber-criminal, decreasing human dimension and appearance, etc). On the other hand, the less developed countries are faced with a growing number of queries: lack of technological know-how in local governance, lack of Smart City strategy, installing the old fashioned technologies with no argumented reason, growing number of people without proper knowledge, financial means and awareness to follow development of new technologies. Therefore, three questions will be analysed and discussed during the conference:

  • Does new technology can substantially contribute to enhancing rationality, efficiency, and reliability of public services, or, if not properly controlled (in less developed countries in particular), endanger the complex urban system and the social one especially?
  • Whether and to what extent the growth and development of new technologies can significantly help urban sustainability and resilience (greater safety, efficiency, and rationality, taking over the manual labour in industry, economic sustainability), or, to what extent could possibly jeopardize it (technocratic community governance, reducing privacy, social segregation, power elite that manages technology, etc.)?
  • Whether the rapid development of new technologies generates an increasing number of ‘non-smart’ people, and whether their uncontrolled application, without a clear and integrally observed needs (strategy, analyses, education), can contribute to the sustainable quality of urban life and human dimension of city, or possibly to segregation and even stigmatization of less educated and lagging population?

Abstract Submission: 15th April 2019
Response to Abstracts: 30th April 2019
Paper Submission: 1st July 2019
Deadline for all Reviews: 19th August 2019
Final Acceptance Of Papers: 1st September 2019
Attendance Registration: till 1st October 2019
Start of the Conference: 24th October 2019

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