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The geography of AI. Which cities will drive the artificial intelligence revolution? (Mark Muro and Sifan Liu, Brookings)

AI R&D and new firms are rising as shares of the U.S. total

Share of AI-related projects in federal R&D expenditures at U.S. colleges and universities, and firms providing AI solutions as share of all tech companies

AI R&D and new firms are rising as shares of the U.S. total

Source: Brookings analysis of data from Crunchbase and Burning Glass data available via StanfordHAI 2021 AI Index

Much of the U.S. artificial intelligence (AI) discussion revolves around futuristic dreams of both utopia and dystopia. From extreme to extreme, the promises range from solutions to global climate change to a “robot apocalypse.”

However, it bears remembering that AI is also becoming a real-world economic fact with major implications for national and regional economic development as the U.S. crawls out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The geography of AI (brookings.edu)

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Cities/SDGs. City playbook for advancing the SDGs (Brookings)

This “City Playbook for Advancing the SDGs” compiles a series of how-to briefs and case studies on advancing sustainable development and social progress locally. These short, digestible, and practical briefs are written by city government officials for other city officials, based on their direct experience.

City playbook for advancing the SDGs (brookings.edu)

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Risk and human factor in the “glocal where” (by Marco Emanuele)

Persone In Piedi Sul Marciapiede Durante Il Giorno Di Pioggia

In the twenty years following September 11, the world seems not to have understood the lesson of that event. In fact, there have been no substantial political investments on the central theme of global rules to bring planetary governance towards objectives of sustainability, equity and security. In global forums, discussions and proclamations abound  while, in reality, the world is on fire.

Today everyone has (or should have) an understanding of the complexity of crises, of their interconnectedness. We live in the urgency of climate change, to safeguard global health, to govern mass migration and human mobility, to underline the demographic factor, to overcome inequalities, to “save” liberal democracies: all this, however, becomes possible if the great proclamations of the various G7, G20, etc. descend into the different realities in the evolving worlds.

Today, in addition to the risk in metamorphosis, we introduce two further elements: the importance of the human factor (complex and often unpredictable as it is in the nature of each of us) and the centrality of the glocal where.

In essence, it is a question of placing the where life of each of us takes place at the center of our reflection: if we are citizens of the world, first of all we are citizens in our territories. This is the reason why we believe that cities are the places where a glocal project for humanity can be rethought.

If, as Carlo Ratti said when interviewed by The Science of Where , cities and not states can be seen from space, the interest in cities is geostrategic.

It is in cities, in fact, that technologies evolve to organize and govern (considering risks and opportunities) public services and coexistence (the science of where); it is in the cities that international relations of the third millennium are evolving, relations of glocal proximity that take into account the human factor in an open where.

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USA/Cities/Artificial Intelligence. TechTank Podcast Episode 27: Which U.S. Cities Are Poised for AI Growth? (Darrell M. West, Brookings)

AI is generating a lot of interest all around the world. It is a way to spur innovation, develop new products and services, and increase economic development. Many places see it as the engine of economic growth and technological innovation.

TechTank Podcast Episode 27: Which U.S. Cities Are Poised for AI Growth? (brookings.edu)

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Cities/Technologies/Climate Change. Are Energy Clocks the Smart Way to Make Cities Cleaner? (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change)

Olamide Oguntoye

  • Cities trying to go cleaner by cutting emissions often find smart technologies –despite their huge potential benefits – challenging to implement and manage.
  • At the heart of the challenge lies the need to develop holistic data solutions to support smart technologies.
  • Energy clocks present an opportunity to address the gap. Energy clocks are dynamic open-access data systems which can unlock up to 12 per cent emission reduction while saving cities more than $100 billion in annual energy costs.
  • Cities must align incentives on energy clocks, recalibrate administrative institutions and create viable channels to turn data into impact.

Are Energy Clocks the Smart Way to Make Cities Cleaner? | Institute for Global Change

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Afghan Refugees/Cities. What More Can Cities Do for Afghan Refugees? (GMF)

Governments have been scrambling to evacuate their citizens, embassy staff, troops and some locals who have been working with or supporting international presence in the country. At the same time, they are preparing “to ensure no wide-scale migratory move toward Europe.” In this volatile situation national leaders need to recognize that migration will remain an essential lifeline for those facing persecution in Afghanistan. As the Syrian civil war demonstrated, closing one’s eyes to this reality does not stop people from fleeing and will likely make it harder to find and communicate solutions in the long term. Acknowledging the urgent need for action, cities and mayors are raising their voices – where too many national governments are not. They are demanding humanitarian corridors for Afghan refugees, offering reception locations to their national governments, and are preparing local coalitions to host and support vulnerable people fleeing Afghanistan.
What More Can Cities Do for Afghan Refugees? | Strengthening Transatlantic Cooperation (gmfus.org)
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Cities/Circular Economy. Future-proof cities: building up circular economy (CMCC)

From the importance of data to the limits of our planetary boundaries, from resilience strategies to the research on material flow. How cities in the Netherlands and Italy are responding to climate change through circular economy and resilience, in a way that keeps people, environment, and economics in balance. A European dialogue with science, institutions, and case studies from Amsterdam and Milan.

Future-proof cities: building up circular economy – CMCC

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Cities – Slums, sprawl, and skyscrapers (Brookings)

Somik V. LallMathilde Lebrand, and Hogeun Park write: These three words are probably the most used in popular and policy discussions of city development. The squalor of slums, unsustainability of sprawl and sterility of skyscrapers are the proverbial Achilles heel of community leaders and urban planners. They call for livable neighborhoods with a vibrant mix of homes, shops, offices, and local amenities.

go to Brookings: Slums, sprawl, and skyscrapers (brookings.edu)

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Cities – Cities Managing Migration: the State of Affairs (GMF)

Christiane Heimann, Janina Sturner, Paul Costello writes: After migrants and refugees have crossed national borders, they settle in local communities and increasingly in urban areas. The responsibilities and competences of cities include many aspects that are essential to welcoming them. Moreover, cities are not just the places where challenges and opportunities materialize; for cities to thrive, they inherently depend on diversity, inclusion, openness, innovation, and social cohesion. Reflecting this reality is the increasing role that cities are playing and claiming in migration policy nationally and internationally. There are many ways that city policies and practices can inform national and international policymaking, but cities can do more than transfer critical information. Drawing on their local experience and (need for) innovation, local authorities can provide important reality checks for national and international policies and present scalable models to follow.

go to GMF: Cities Managing Migration: the State of Affairs | The German Marshall Fund of the United States (gmfus.org)

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