The City Will Help You Live in It

For citizens, smart phones enabled by cognitive systems will provide a digital key to the city. People can have fingertip access to information about everything that's happening in the city, whether an experience is right for them, and how best to get there. Because these learning systems have interacted with citizens continuously, they know what they likeā€”and can present them with options they might not find easily. Insights from crowdsourcing, mobile applications, sensors and analytics on the cloud will allow cities to better listen, interact and respond to citizen needs. This will give rise to new cities that can respond in real-time, predict problems before they occur, and deliver tailored services to make city life better for everyone.

Three of the five innovations IBM propose as life changers are directly connected to the Internet of Things becoming mainstream. IBM understands that growth in a context-driven environment and new market circumstances, is entwined with innovations that redefine our relationships through new benefits, delivered in new ways. The task of the sustainable innovation enterprise is not that of pushing opportunity, but of simply observing and responding to the opportunities facilitated by the emerging present.

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