Technology isn’t just about being able to play high-definition video games on your smartphone while you’re on the toilet.
We live in environments directly affected by fast-changing advancements in the latest communication and engineering technologies; the very same wizardry that makes your trips to the john so entertaining is also transforming the way you live, by changing the way the world operates around you.
Here are 10 futuristic cities you'd be proud to call yourself a citizen of.
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As a tiny city state, Singapore boasts one of the highest internet connectivity rates and speeds in the world. The central business district is littered with towering skyscrapers The Marina Bay Sands hotel is now well known globally as an architectural and engineering marvel. Adding on to the list of futuristic achievements, the just-completed National Stadium is now the largest dome in the world - with a retractable roof no less.
The Singapore government aims to further develop the country into a Smart Nation (not that it’s stupid now, depending on who you ask). The somewhat vague mission statements of the Smart Nation Platform aims to improve connectivity through initiatives such as the Heterogeneous Network (HetNet), a plan to connect all the sensor networks, to provide real-time data analytics. It's also to work on seamlessly connecting your various smart-devices to improve their interoperability at home as well as bringing gesture and motion control to various services.
Singapore and MIT’s collaboration resulted in the SMART centre, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology. The SMART guys have launched Live Singapore, an open platform providing people with real-time data such as temperature, traffic, mobile network usage, even taxi and rainfall data. It's intended to be an data ecosystem that developers can build on to create apps that can utilise the real-time data for the benefit of the island’s denizens. At the very least, the data will help the government to improve traffic flow and urban planning for the connected citizens of this small but ambitious future city.
Best case for living: Clean, green, and technologically-advanced, Singapore's got a lot going on for her.