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EDITORIAL                                                                             newDATA

               "Truly Intelligent" Cities

            There is no consensus on when the                  and climate change that democratically
         Anthropocene began - the era when human               affects developed and developing countries.
         activities started to have a significant global           In these scenarios, smart cities are
         impact on the Earth's ecosystems to the               needed, solving structural and organizational

         point of compromising them. Still, the fact           issues that allow people to live a higher
         that, for the first time in history, by 2020, the      quality of life.
         mass of objects built by humanity will have              The 30 most populated cities in the world
         surpassed in weight the mass of living beings
         (Nature Magazine   ) is a clear sign that we are      have more inhabitants than the whole of

         in the middle of the Anthropocene era and             Portugal. Imagine putting into one city all the
         that we are not going back.                           problems of traffic, housing, infrastructure,
                                                               security, and so on that exist in our country.
            In this context, talking about smart cities
         makes perfect sense. As much as we would              It's chaos, right?

         like to, humans currently alive are seeing their         Today we are already designing (almost)
         average life expectancy increase, and there           self-sufficient cities. These small
         are no signs that the world's population will         communities offer their inhabitants
         decrease. Therefore, it is necessary to plan          everything they need for their daily lives
         cities.                                               within very short distances. Car traffic is

            There is a lot of talk about intelligent cities    reduced, and public transportation is made
         as if they could live on their own, without the       possible, just like in small villages. And this
         constant presence and action of people,               would probably have been the best option for
         removing the onus of planning and                     growing cities in the past: efficiently and
         maintaining their functioning from those in           sustainably connecting many small villages

         charge, as if endowing the city with a specific        instead of "growing" megacities that turn out
         "intelligence" would solve all problems.              to be unsustainable, environmentally

            Take, for example, the problem of flooding    .     unfriendly, and uncharacterized.
         Although the World Bank, in its publication              Maybe it's not too late to turn back... who
         Cities and Flooding, states that "Urban               knows. The advantages seem obvious to me,
         flooding poses a serious challenge to                  from which I highlight cultural identity and
         development and people's lives, particularly          quality of life!
         for residents of rapidly expanding cities in
         developing countries," the fact is that looking

         at the list of the 20 most vulnerable cities to                         Horácio Lopes
         flooding, we can quickly notice the problem is                           Gestor de projetos . Consultor de
         not related to development nor technology.                              Gestão . Editor newDATAmagazine ®
                                                                                 Formador . BCP  . BCI  VP
         Instead, it is related to land characteristics                              Perfil | Profile

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