Technology has revolutionized our world, streamlining complex tasks and rapidly breaking down the barriers between developed and developing cities. Some cities in our world are more prepared than others for the future of technology, whether it be due to their integrated smart city plans, their push for universal access to internet, or their suitability for software and digital production. All cities on this list have been ranked by the Pricewaterhouse Coopers Cities of Opportunity 6 Report, which analyzes the current performance and future trajectory of a host of cities based on their internet access in schools, broadband quality, digital economy, and software development and multimedia design.
These cities are seriously pushing the boundaries of our technological know-how and wowing us with their advanced designs. For example, one of the coolest tech cities is Tokyo; beyond its focus on digital and gaming software, the city is planning to amaze the world with an artificial meteor shower during the 2020 Olympics. Other major cities such as Hong Kong are leading the way for technology in schools with its widespread internet and even fingerprint scanners for attendance. Then we have the most technologically advanced hub in Asia: a city which has CCTV cameras which can detect trespassing and gives its low-income residents used smart devices to integrate them into the smart grid. Check out these high-tech cities and more in this list of 25 of the Most Technologically Advanced Cities in the World.
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The first city on our list of the most technologically advanced cities in the world is Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. With over 10 million inhabitants, Jakarta is the most populous city in Southeast Asia and is as large as the state of Singapore. At the convergence of multiple cultures including Arab, Indian, Malay, Javanese, Chinese, and Dutch, Jakarta is a high-tech Asian hub, despite its terrible traffic.
The financial powerhouse of sub-Saharan Africa, Johannesburg devotes itself to growing through technology. The city planning committee has put a major focus on tech industry partnerships, especially in information and communications technology. Jo-burg’s police force has even gone high-tech, installing CCTV cameras on every street corner in the city center to cut down on crime.
Beating out Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India,” for the only Indian spot on this list, Mumbai nonetheless packs a heavy punch when it comes to tech, specializing in information technology and healthcare technology. Though the film “Slumdog Millionaire” casts the city’s slums in a dire light, professors such as Suketu Mehta cast them in a more positive light: as hubs for entrepreneurial energy powered by locals forced to provide what the state doesn’t.
The most populous city in China, Shanghai has devoted itself to technology, even creating multiple industrial zones exclusively focused on tech. The advanced city has attracted major industry players such as ExxonMobil and Tesla Motors, which signed a non-binding agreement with a local company to make Shanghai its production base in China.
Buenos Aires’ focus on innovation and its support of local start-up accelerators has cemented the city as the best tech hub in South America. Buenos Aires is also one of the best examples of a city using tech to care for its citizens, automating maintenance of almost 1,000 miles (1,500 kms) of water drainage pipes to cut down on flooding and even allowing citizens to tweet a picture of issues which are then fixed within 96 hours.