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The objective has been to provide a panoramic view of how the fourth industrial revolution is and will play out in cities.

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in the City

April 3, 2017

The promise the AI revolution holds to deliver sustainable urban development is immense; so too are the risks. Through a rich and diverse series of article and interviews of leading practitioners, scholars and experts; this report seeks to combine forward-looking analysis, case studies and reports from the field. The objective has been to provide a panoramic view of how the fourth industrial revolution is and will play out in cities. According to our analysis, it may prove to be a creative destruction raising incomes, enhancing the quality of life for all and generating previously unimagined jobs to replace those that get automated. Or it may turn out to be a destructive creation leading to mass unemployment, privacy abuses, discrimination and loss of control over key collective decision-making processes. This depends on the velocity and magnitude of the development and diffusion of AI and robotics technologies. But it also depends on how societies react individually and collectively.

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