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Smart Communities: Definitions, Myths, History, & Future


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Self Paced 4 Hours Digital Badge $199


Course Overview

When we consider Smart Communities, what definitions do we choose and what assumptions and premises do we embrace? How does the phenomenon of a ‘smart city’ fit into larger sociological and technological traditions, trends, and thoughts? There are varying agendas that drive the purpose of a smart community - environment, technology, ‘the citizen,’ and, in a post-COVID-19 world more important than ever, the resilience of communities. What will the agenda look like in the forthcoming ten years and how do we prepare?

What topics will be covered

  • What is AI?

  • What is the difference between strong AI and weak AI and why it matters?

  • How can AI be integrated into existing value chains?

  • AI versus Intelligent Automation

  • Bias in algorithms. Explicit vs Implicit bias










Thunderbird Professor of Practice Pieter Bas Boorsma

Professor Bas Boorsma 

Bas is a leading urban innovation and digitalization specialist & executive with over 20 years of experience in the 'smart city' space. He serves as Professor of Practice at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He also practices what he preaches: Bas serves as the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to the City of Rotterdam. Bas is also Vice President EMEA of the Cities Today Institute, and also serves as Member of the Board, at the Smart City Association Italy (TSCAI). Bas is the author of the well acclaimed book "A New Digital Deal". (September 2017/February 2020 (revised 2020 edition) -


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To earn the digital badge you must finish this self-paced online course with a finale score of 80% or greater. It provides approximately 4 hours of content. Participants have up to one year from the purchase date to complete this course.