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Issue 5.2

From Smart-Only Cities Towards Humane and Cooperative Hybrid Cities

Our working and living environments are increasingly determined by what I call the “Smart-Everything” Paradigm (Streitz 2019), where every artifact and service must now be “smart.” “Smart” is applied to our phones, our TVs, our cars, and to our cities. Unfortunately, the corresponding developments are mainly technology-driven and do not take users’ needs and preferences into account. The promotion of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) dominates too many developments, triggers expectations, and creates claims for a questionable future. Smart cities provide telling examples of these trends. This contribution outlines the challenges of “smart-only” cities and proposes approaches and characteristics of humane and cooperative cities by resetting the priorities and putting humans first.

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