From New York to Singapore, here is a list of the most technologically advanced cities in the world.
Technology has revolutionized the entire world and society we live in, big data and the Internet of Things has rapidly advanced our infrastructure and has helped us develop living cities, we look at the most technologically advanced cities and what they have done to get to this point of major technological growth.
It’s no surprise Singapore is one of the most advanced cities in the world, over $158 billion was invested in the last five years on smart city technology, this included implementing an island-wide super-fast broadband network and free wi-fi for all, this greatly helped productivity in the region as more people were able to get online easier, which can help growth. Free wi-fi isn’t just the only smart initiative Singapore offers, through its investments the city has advanced visual CCTV and surveillance systems, smarter public transit and innovative outdoor lighting systems, which can help towards being a sustainable city. Overall this has helped the efficiency of the city and helped make it one of the most desirable.
New York, USA
The sheer size of the New York economy puts is on the list of most advanced cities in the world, the home of wall street, the world’s largest stock exchange and accumulates an estimated wealth of $23.1 trillion as of April 2018. It’s not just its economy that makes it’s so advanced, like Singapore the city heavily invests in efficiency saving technology that allows the city to run better, this includes air quality management, as the rise of air pollution in major cities, it’s more important than ever to have smarter and cleaner air technologies. New York has recently taken over Silicon Valley as the most technologically advanced city in the U.S, this helped Amazon pick New York as its second headquarters, which can only progress the city as a tech giant further.
Seoul, South Korea
It’s the culture of embracing technology that makes Seoul such an advanced city, not just down to investment in infrastructure, but initiatives that allow its citizens access to technology devices, an example of this comes from 2012 where the city began distrusting second-hand smart devices to low-income families, while they are also encouraged to donate their old devices when buying new, this is backed up by a tax deduction of between $50-100 per device. Education is an important part of this as well, with the city offering courses on using smart devices and technologies.
All this has allowed the city to be connected but also educate its citizens, allowing high levels of productivity. As mentioned, the city invests heavily in its infrastructure, examples being roads that can recharge electric cars, this is called OLEV (Online electric vehicle technology), which transfers electricity wirelessly from under the road to the surface. Overall the investment in culture and infrastructure has allowed Seoul to become one of the most advanced and viable cities to live on earth.
East London houses the world’s third-largest technology cluster and the city of London was named by the world economic forum the most powerful city in the world, based on the metrics of its economy, investment in R&D, cultural interaction, liveability, environment and accessibility, London was scored with 1692.3 out of a possible 2,600 points. The use of the massive tube network allowing London to be one of the most interconnected cities on the planet not just by devices but also people and ranked sixth for the quality of its infrastructure. The extensive fleet of sky scrapers including the shard has advanced London further into being the most advanced city on earth.
Hong Kong is certainly known for being densely populated, with over 7.4 million people fitting into an area of 1,106 km2, the city is brimming with life, while also home to one of the biggest financial districts in the world, while having multiple public transport systems which include, trains, buses, trams, and ferries. Hong Kong holds the title of highest life expectancy in both sexes, with 81.3 years for men and 87.3 years for women, topping global rankings as of 2016.
Hong Kong prides its self on offering a futuristic technological advanced way of living, which includes being a cash-free society, where citizens are enquired to use other ways of purchasing goods and services, this comes in the form of an octopus card, which can be used for meals, public transport, and various other products.
Hong Kong also is a clean city, as outbreaks of various diseases in the past have plagued the city, now there is a major focus on hygiene, with hundreds of sanitations stations placed around the city which are automated machine that passes out disinfectant, the culture of Hong Kong has a key focus on hygiene as well, with many citizens seen with face masks to keep out bacteria. It focuses on investing in infrastructure and its financial district with a major emphasis on good hygiene has transformed the city into a vibrant technological advanced city.
It’s not just its futuristic architecture, streets filled with the newest technology and neon lights that make Tokyo once of the most advanced cities in the world. It’s having the worlds most sophisticated railway system, with 13 subway lines and more than 100 surface routes running at a top operating speed of 200 mph, and up to a world record speed of 375 mph in April 2015. Tokyo is known for being the Asian New York, this is shown by its investment in R&D, its leading companies like Honda, Sony, Mitsubishi are all heavily investing into research and development, with spending in R&D budgets in major Japanese corporations increasing about 40% up to $107 billion as of 2017.
Berlin was recently named the best city in the world for millennials, why has this city attracted such a youthful demographic? Well the cities approach for investing in young entrepreneurs has allowed it to rank highly in start-up business, housing food and transport are easily accessible, with low rents for apartments and office space and home to all major car brands, the city is bursting with modern life and with a more open and inclusive society Berlin is one of the most modern advanced cities there is.
San Francisco, USA
Known for being one of the most socially progressive cities in America and houses one of the biggest and most known technological hubs in the world, Silicon Valley. With hundreds of tech start-up companies and major industry leaders, like Apple, Facebook, Google, and Twitter placed in the community of Silicon Valley, there aren’t many tech hubs like this around.
The San Francisco area also holds major arms of the U.S government like NASA. The city has challenges to face, however, as like Singapore the city is dense, and overcrowding is a major problem for the city especially with its transport system as traffic congestion and car pollution becoming a concern for the city as they attempt to change their transport system and reduce the city’s reliance on taxis.