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Smart cities help to make us smarter, what do you think?
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Mar 11, 2014 Thomas F15
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Smart cities provide individuals with tools and information that may facilitate the making of more well informed choices if not "smarter" decisions. Whether or not living in a connected city has any impacts or reflects positively on ones cognitive abilities however I would question. The majority of information that I find myself accessing relates to simple everyday questions, many of which could likely be easily answered if I dedicated more than a passing thought but a simple Google search via WiFi is often faster and easier. What impacts the expanded implementation of ICT will have on the evolution of human intelligence to me is a very interesting topic. When the answer to nearly every inquiry is just a click away will we no longer dedicate the amount of time to thought that we do today? Will we replace the neural with the virtual? I think to a degree this is already occurring, and why transparency, security, and accessibility of ICT and data is becoming of paramount importance.

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