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Episode 38: Emerging Technologies Fueling Smart Cities

In this episode, Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D. is back! Jonathan and I are going deep on emerging technologies that are fueling smart cities today and tomorrow. We cover everything from future trends to specific technologies like AI, Blockchain, IoT, SustainabilityTech, Autonomous Things, Drones, Digital Twins, Quantum, and much more. Jonathan is a best selling author of his new book and a fellow podcaster, check out his podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech.

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In this Episode 00:00 - Intro

02:13 - Disruptions all around us, what is driving this disruption?

06:30 - The top emerging technologies that smart city leaders must focus on

13:30 - Convergence of AI, IoT, and Blockchain a foundational technology to Smart Cities

18:40 - What’s on your extended emerging technologies watch list

23:15 - Autonomous vehicles in the air before land?

25:45 - No tech podcast is complete without a Star Wars reference

26:30 - Sustainability and Smart Grid

30:45 - Blockchain’s role in Smart Cities

38:34 - Digital Twins in Smart Cities

46:58 - Quantum Computing in Smart Cities

57:24 - Next generation communications technology in Smart Cities

1:04:30 - Practical pieces of advise for Smart City innovators

1:12:35 - “Lightning Round” Most critical technologies over the three horizons (near, mid, long term)

1:20:50 - About “Smart Cities for Dummies” Book

About Jonathan Reichental, Ph.D.

A multiple award-winning technology leader whose 30-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017, named a top 100 chief information officer (CIO) in the world and in 2016 was named one of the top 20 most influential CIO’s in the United States.

Recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including the fourth industrial revolution, urban innovation, the future of cities, and blockchain technology. In 2013 he was recognized as one of the 25 doers, dreamers, and drivers in government in America. His innovative work in government has also been acknowledged by the White House.

Adjunct professor at several universities including University of California, Berkeley, and University of San Francisco. A popular writer and educator producing several highly successful online courses with LinkedIn Learning. Co-authored The Apps Challenge Playbook and a frequent public speaker on a wide range of technology and business-related topics. Co-hosts the popular podcast, Drinking Wine Talking Tech. His new book on Smart Cities can be found here:

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