For many, there is an impending sense of doom in anticipation of what may emerge for humans in a future of smart robots. But is this fear warranted?

Written by Dr. Jonathan Reichental & Noah benShea

Fear is one of humankind’s earliest warning systems. Certainly, in the absence of fear, it’s doubtful we would have survived long enough for so many of us to anguish over the implications of automata in our lives. But, what is it that is feared and are those fears irrational?

Tackling these fundamental questions would seem to be a good starting point in preparing for our robot future.

Contemplating a future of smart robots

Our robot fears likely fall somewhere on a predictable continuum. Yet, there’s a chasm of difference to consider between the potential loss of jobs as…


In the absence of quality data governance, an organization will never fully realize the potential of data, and in fact, may subject itself to increasing levels of risk over time.

Look, let me get right to the point. Why do we even need data governance? We’ve been managing data on computer systems since way back in the 20th century and we’ve done okay with it, right?

Whether we call it data governance or not, every organization has some form of oversight for the data it handles. It could be as simple as knowing that someone backs up the data or…


Appearing seemingly overnight, Non-fungible Tokens or NFTs support a whole new way to buy and sell digital items such as art, photos, music, and so much more. For the first time, digital creators have a robust marketplace that rewards them where legacy challenges have been limiting.

The physical world of art paintings for example has built a sustained and attractive market for artists and for collectors alike. Such a market for digital artists has been elusive. It’s far too easy to copy any digital file with zero quality loss and there hasn’t been a good way for digital artists to mint and autograph an instance of their work.

Until now, until NFTs.

The world of collectibles transposed to the digital realm has become the subject of much debate. Many argue it’s as valid to collect a digital art piece with the artist’s digital signature as it…


For thousands of years, humans have been using all manner of tools to assist in their daily activities. It’s what separates us from most of the rest of the animal kingdom. Augmenting our work has largely been welcomed.

Over time, our tools have become vastly more elaborate and complex. Without machines, for example, the industrial revolutions would have been impossible and the world we know today would not exist. Directly and indirectly, these tools and machines have enabled technology that has elevated billions of humans out of extreme poverty.

Some human work has been almost completely replaced by technology such…


Written by Dr. Jonathan Reichental and Arik Bronshtein

Many startups are ready to take on some of the most intractable urban challenges, but local governments that don’t create hospitable regulatory environments work against their own interests by inhibiting the activity of those young, nimble companies.

Startups can play a huge role in the growth of the economy, particularly over the long term, generating jobs, increasing tax revenue and diversifying a region’s economy. …


The adoption of cloud computing and XaaS by city CIOs presents enormous opportunities for better community experiences, lower costs and a long overdue platform to unleash the innovation that cities so desperately need and desire.

Local governments are generally slower in embracing emerging technologies than other sectors of the economy. That’s no big revelation to anyone. This hesitancy is often for good reason. Many city systems are essential services and they don’t invite experimentation and risk-taking. The private sector by definition must push innovation and take higher risks because their competitiveness in the marketplace often depends on it. Governments don’t…


My new bestseller, Smart Cities for Dummies, provides details on maximizing the success of your smart city efforts. Here is a brief summary of just a few of my suggestions.

You should avoid the following:

  1. Making Your Smart City Project a Tech Program and Putting IT in Charge
  2. Garnering Insufficient Support and Engagement from Stakeholders
  3. Limiting Efforts To Your City Boundaries
  4. Paying Insufficient Attention to Inclusiveness Issues
  5. Moving Forward with Inadequate Governance
  6. Working with No Clear Vision for the Program
  7. Downplaying the Essential Roles of Security and Privacy
  8. Sharing Successes and Failures Too Narrowly
  9. Sticking Stubbornly to the Old Ways of Doing Things
  10. Thinking Too Short-Term

You’ll find an explanation of each of these 10 areas in my new book and a lot more clear guidance on building a smarter…


My new bestseller, Smart Cities for Dummies, provides details on how cities will define our future. Here is a brief summary that is expanded upon in the book.

  1. Most People Will Live, Work, and Play Their Entire Lives in Cities
  2. The Increasing Demands of Sustainability Will Shape Human Behavior
  3. City Interactions Will Increasingly Be Digital
  4. City Data Will Drive Community Decision-Making
  5. People Will Have Expanded Opportunities to Co-Create and Collaborate On Urban Solutions
  6. Crime May Be Reduced Significantly
  7. More Diversity Will Show Up in What Humans Do and How They Work
  8. The Way People and Goods Move Will Continue to Evolve
  9. The Delivery of Healthcare Will Be Transformed
  10. Everything Will Be Delivered

You’ll find an explanation of each of these 10 areas in my new book and a…


Many cities around the world have made the decision to implement a smart city strategy. They’re using existing and new technologies as well as innovative processes to improve the quality of life for the people in their communities — an ambitious and often expensive undertaking. With this type of commitment, there’s an expectation that results will follow. City leaders need metrics to manage progress and to help their communities understand how the benefits of the smart city work are being realized.

What gets measured, gets managed.

- Peter Drucker, 1954

Though specific metrics for local initiatives depend on each project…


Everyone who lives in a city has some form of a connection with it. Your feelings might range from apathy to love, not unlike the kind of relationship you can have with a person. These emotions are formed for so many reasons. You may love your city because it’s where you were born and you have deep roots in the community. Perhaps you moved to a city to take a dream job and discovered an exciting city culture. Other times, it may just be the sunshine or the snow, the beach or the hills. It’s probably a combination of things.

Dr. Jonathan Reichental

Multiple award-winning technology and business leader. Best-selling author. Professor. Idea machine.

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