Scary or Good? NYC Goes Big on Data

Most people live in cities now, for better or worse. Large cities have been shown to be hotbeds of innovation, and human interaction actually increases as cities grow in size; throw enough people in a small space and they have to interact. This interaction is often positive, resulting in productive business and creative collaborations.  

But with millions of people in small spaces like Manhattan and Brooklyn, how to keep them all safe, keep utilities working, provide phone and Internet connectivity, etc.? New York City is turning to technology, installing sensors just above everywhere to determine if loud noises are gunshots or just a car backfiring. New York is arming its army of police officers with smartphones, and connecting everyone, and everything, to the Internet.

Is this all some future out of a Orwell novel? Or will it result in more livable cities with more productive, creative people?

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