Date: November 3, 2021
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Virtual over Zoom
“Metropolis Project: The Smart Enough City: The Promises and Perils of Government Technology”
Postdoctoral scholar, Michigan Society of Fellows and assistant professor, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Smart cities, where technology is used to solve every problem, are hailed as futuristic urban utopias. We are promised that apps, algorithms, and artificial intelligence will relieve congestion, restore democracy, prevent crime, and improve public services. However, there are many dangers to seeing the city only through the lens of technology. Taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. I propose instead that cities strive to be “smart enough”: to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change — but not to value technology as an end in itself.
Green is a postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and an assistant professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics, with a secondary field in science, technology, and society, from Harvard University. Green studies the social and political impacts of government algorithms, with a focus on algorithmic fairness, smart cities, and the criminal justice system. His book, the smart Enough City: Putting Technology in Its Place to Reclaim Our Urban Future, was published in 2019 by MIT Press. Green is also an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.