Forget Smart Cities, ‘Stupid’ Infrastructure Is The Solution For Future Transportation

As the potential for a digital revolution in transportation has risen, many people have pondered the question of how we might make our roads and cities “smart” to enable this revolution, and what types of new infrastructure we should build to be ready for it.

The answer I give, which naturally disturbs those in the infrastructure world is, “not much.” The true answer is not so facile, but relies on several fundamental lessons from the core digital technologies which have already vastly changed the world, computers and networking. That’s the world I come from and it has worthwhile lessons for all those trying to follow on the exponential revolution pathway.

The rise of the internet teaches vital lessons for how to prepare what you do, particularly in infrastructure, to make it ready for the future.