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Are we making the best of what technology we have?

It’s one thing to invent a clever new technology, quite another to work out a canny way of using it

By Jay Elwes   June 2018
How can we put technology to the best possible use?

How can we put technology to the best possible use?

If cities can blend new technology into their infrastructure, the potential rewards are vast. Seema Malhotra, writing in this month’s print issue of Prospect, gives some examples of the innovations adopted by Barcelona to reduce waste. Their simplicity makes them all the more appealing. 

What these examples show is that technological complexity is not always the issue—Barcelona’s streetlights brighten when a motion sensor detects movement. The motion sensor is hardly a new…

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