Cisco and Smart Cities on the agenda at 2010 Techonomy Conference

August 5, 2010 - 4 Comments

Cisco’s CTO, Padmasree Warrior, is attending the Techonomy conference at Lake Tahoe, California this week. It’s a conference with a bold goal: to promote a “rational, optimistic, forward-looking, technically savvy work ethic that celebrates technological achievement, human ingenuity, and sustainable living.”

As Deloitte’s John Hagel III put it in the opening session this morning: “Techonomy is about tapping into tacit knowledge – not the five exabytes of information floating around us every day (information about the what or the why)  – but the knowledge in all of our heads that can improve the “how”.

Two of the ‘hows’ on the Techonomy agenda are the twin challenges of rapid urbanization globally (700 million people will be urbanized in the next 10 years) and economic rejuvenation of cities and communities here in the US…and the role technology can play in addressing each.

Ahead of her panel, Padma shared a few thoughts on how ‘Techonomists’ like her are bringing a new way of thinking to the development of smart, sustainable cities and networked economies.

Caption: CTO Padmasree Warrior discusses Cisco’s philosophy on Smart Connected Communities at Techonomy 2010.

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  1. I think the problem is going to be to find governments or leaders who actually have a vision for the future of urbanization. A lot of what Padma says makes a lot of sense, but the shear scale seems overwhelming. I also have to wonder about third world countries and how they are going to cope. 100 new cities, each with a population of a million in the next ten years is incredible. What are we going to do to sustain this population growth and where will the food come from? The fires in Russia and the monsoon floods put everything into perspective. It will only be the wealthy who will be able to take advantage of the types of advances that Padma is talking about I fear.

  2. Considering urbanization the following is one of my biggest concerns: I think it will be very important for the elder people who wanna stay at home to be networked in a way, so they have quick access to the medical treatment system.

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  4. China and India, have a major problem, more than 60 percent of the population of these countries live in villages, experts predict that by 50 years to reverse, that 60 percent of the population live in cities. Will therefore be a great problem in this overcrowded country, primarily because of excessive pollution (noise, fumes, garbage ..), and lack of space for living, Tokyo today is a picture of the future of these countries.