ITU knows that there is a better future around the corner. Thanks to information
and communication technologies (ICTs), cities of the future will be safer,
cleaner, and more convenient than ever. Electric cars will plug into a smart
electricity grid system when not being used, and automobiles will communicate
with intelligent parking spaces. Perceptive protection sensors will accommodate
to our needs and work to keep us safe.
On the home front, in-house automatic health scans and holographic learning
centers, robotic cleaners and buildings that actively adapt to our personal
tastes and moods are developments that city dwellers can look forward to. What
else lies on the horizon? What about objects and food that can be easily scanned
for more information, personalized, dynamic information screens and interactive
open-air TV? People will be able to exchange information through a simple
handshake, using their bodies as conduits to store info on body-based computers,
later uploading the information when they arrive home.
Surgery via robotic avatars will become commonplace and medical centers will
be networked to automatic sensors to warn of accidents and illness. Cities also
have the potential to become more beautiful, with robotized trash collection and
intelligent ambient lighting appearing only when and where it’s needed, saving
energy and making cities glow. Hi-tech satellites and mobile masts designed to
blend into the environment will support a whole range of wireless devices and
applications. Tele-working, already happening today, will only increase as urban
environments go completely broadband.
In short, the potential offered by ICTs is virtually limitless. If supported
by smart policies and proper standardization, ICTs can be a force for good in
creating a kinder, more connected and colorful world!