Making a Smart City Legible

Pilling, Franziska and Akmal, Haider Ali and Lindley, Joseph and Coulton, Paul (2022) Making a Smart City Legible. In: Machine Learning and the City. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, pp. 453-465. ISBN 9781119749639

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This chapter discusses Lancaster City Council's AI for Lancaster Programme. The programme has been a collaboration between the City Council, the International Organization for Artificial Intelligence Legibility, PETRAS and Imagination Lancaster. The chapter describes the design concepts implemented in the city in order to communicate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to citizens, juxtaposing the designs themselves with extracts from interviews and research conducted to evaluate them. Any innovation supporting the implementation of responsible AI systems in urban contexts should be welcomed, and tools like Design Fiction should be employed to smooth the way for this process. In conclusion, the chapter also discusses how the insights derived from the AI for Lancaster Programme can help inform smart city initiatives while supporting the emergence of hybrid sociologies to describe the urban, social, and technological world we live in.

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