We have an opportunity and a need like never before to deploy smart digital infrastructures that can transform our nation and spur global economies.
Over the next ten years, 700 million people will be urbanized. Three billion will be connected to the Internet for the first time, and 100 cities will be built, each to accommodate more than a million people.
Whereas approximately half the world’s population lives in cities and towns today, by 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban dwellers.
This adds up to an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in a new technology infrastructure that will deliver more sustainable, livable cities—the opportunity Rik Kirkland, Stewart Brand, Saskia Sassen and I will discuss during our “Cities as Solutions” panel at the Techonomy conferencein Lake Tahoe, Calif. this week.