The concept of smart cities has evolved from sensored urban centers to platform ecosystems that combine data with new technologies such as the IoT, the cloud, and AI. The image of autonomous vehicles and flying drones is no longer science fiction, and this opens up many opportunities for energy saving, efficiency gain, and hyperconnectivity. But are these innovations making our societies more intelligent? Do these changes have an impact on human capabilities? Carme Artigas explores the challenges and opportunities of evolving from smart cities to intelligent societies.
Carme Artigas is the founder and CEO of Synergic Partners, a strategic and technological consulting firm specializing in big data and data science (acquired by Telefónica in 2015). She has more than 20 years of extensive expertise in the telecommunications and IT fields and has held several executive roles in both private companies and governmental institutions. Carme is a member of the Innovation Board of CEOE and the Industry Affiliate Partners at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute. An in-demand speaker on big data, she has given talks at several international forums, including Strata Data Conference, and collaborates as a professor in various master’s programs on new technologies, big data, and innovation. Carme was recently recognized as the only Spanish woman among the 30 most influential women in business by Insight Success. She holds an MS in chemical engineering, an MBA from Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, and an executive degree in venture capital from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
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