Published October 24, 2015

The City, Technology & Empathy

Essays on our Emerging Digital Urban Lives

<p> The 21st Century has ushered in a new era of technology into the lives of citizens around the world. The way we work, connect, and play is more often than not mediated through a computer &mdash; on your desk, on your lap, or in your pocket. As our lives are swept up in this technological revolution, our cities are becoming ground zero for deep, meaningful discussions on the role of technology in public life. City governments, themselves, have invited this conversation, but it too has been one encouraged by for-profit vendors such as IBM touting its smart cities approach and nonprofits or community groups calling for more human design &mdash; with each side competing in a way for the soul of the city. Will our cities be smart or human; intelligent or compassionate? This compilation explores how cities are adapting in this new environment, the hard questions they are being forced to answer, and what that means for the future of our urban centers.</p>