Dynamic Relationality Theory of Creative Transformation: Grounding Machinic Ecosystems in Life-Experiences introduces a visionary approach to understanding the evolving relationship between technology and human experiences. It delves into the transformative potential of Machinic General Intelligence (MGI), where AI and human intelligence converge harmoniously, creating a new paradigm of interactive, machinic life experiences. This book challenges the traditional tech-centric view, advocating for a life and experience-first perspective. It presents the Dynamic Relationality Theory (DRT), a novel conceptual framework that redefines our interaction with technology, emphasizing co-creative, emergent experiences over mere digital platformization.Through an interdisciplinary approach combining philosophical insights and social theories with practical applications, the book navigates the complexities of digitalized life ecosystems, employing tools from category theory and differential topology. For readers grappling with the complexities of AI and its societal implications, this book offers clarity and direction. It provides a robust theoretical framework to understand the changing landscape of human-technology interaction. Furthermore, it integrates philosophical insights and ethical considerations into the discussion of AI and technology, providing a well-rounded perspective that aids in ethical decision-making and responsible innovation. It also delves into practical applications and future implications of AI, aiding readers in applying these concepts in real-world scenarios.By moving beyond a purely technical focus, this book equips readers with the insights needed to navigate the ethical, philosophical, and practical challenges posed by the integration of AI into daily life. A crucial resource for academics, professionals, and policymakers, this book serves as a guide to making informed decisions and fostering responsible innovation in the age of AI.
Data Analytics for Intelligent Transportation Systems, Second Edition provides in-depth coverage of data-enabled methods for analyzing intelligent transportation systems (ITS), including the tools needed to implement these methods using big data analytics and other computing techniques. The book examines the major characteristics of connected transportation systems, along with the fundamental concepts of how to analyze the data they produce. It explores collecting, archiving, processing, and distributing the data, designing data infrastructures, data management and delivery systems, and the required hardware and software technologies. Other sections provide extensive coverage of existing and forthcoming intelligent transportation systems and data analytics technologies.All fundamentals/concepts presented in this book are explained in the context of ITS. Users will learn everything from the basics of different ITS data types and characteristics to how to evaluate alternative data analytics for different ITS applications. In addition, they will discover how to design effective data visualizations, tactics on the planning process, and how to evaluate alternative data analytics for different connected transportation applications, along with key safety and environmental applications for both commercial and passenger vehicles, data privacy and security issues, and the role of social media data in traffic planning.
Digital Twins for Smart Cities and Villages provides a holistic view of digital twin technology and how it can be deployed to develop smart cities and smart villages. Smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, smart education, smart agriculture, smart rural solutions, and related methodologies using digital twins are discussed, including challenges in deployment, their solutions and future roadmaps. This knowledge, enriched by a variety of case studies presented in the book, may empower readers with new capabilities for new research as well as new tasks and strategies for practical implementation and real-world problem solving. The book is thoughtfully structured, starting from the background of digital twin concepts and basic know-how to serve the needs of those new to the subject. It continues with implementation to facilitate and improve management in several urban contexts, infrastructures, and more. Global case study assessments further provide a deep characterization of the state-of-the-art in digital twin in urban and rural contexts. Digital Twins for Smart Cities and Villages serves as a one-stop solution for researchers, academicians, entrepreneurs, industry, government, and various other stakeholders interested in gaining knowledge of digital twins.
Technological Pathways for Africa's Net-Zero Economy: Technology Solutions to Unlock Africa’s Sustainable Future explores the potential of African countries to transition towards a net-zero economy. It highlights sustainable development challenges and opportunities Africa faces and provides insights on technological pathways toward this goal. The book emphasizes the importance of harnessing renewable energy resources, promoting green innovation, and building resilient infrastructure for a sustainable future. It calls for strong policy frameworks and international collaboration to support African countries in their transition. It envisions a future where Africa leads the way in sustainable development, setting an example for the rest of the world. The book outlines seven scenarios supporting Africa's technological paths to a net-zero economy: leapfrogging, hybridization, adaptation, decentralization, sustainable development, promotion, and finance. These scenarios aim to adopt innovative technologies and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in education and capacity-building programs is crucial for African countries to effectively implement sustainable energy solutions, so the book also highlights the role of education and awareness in fostering a culture of sustainability among African communities and empowering them to actively participate in climate action initiatives. Furthermore, it discusses how international collaboration can expedite Africa's transition towards a net-zero economy by facilitating knowledge transfer, funding, and access to advanced technologies. The book's comprehensive analysis of technological solutions specific to Africa's context makes it suitable for a variety of audiences, including courses exploring the intersection of technology, policy, and environmental challenges in the region. Its in-depth case studies and real-world examples illustrate the practical implementation of sustainable development strategies in Africa, making it a valuable resource for students, researchers, and professionals looking to understand the complexities and nuances of addressing environmental challenges in this geographical context.
The Sustainability Handbook: Volume 2 provides a comprehensive and holistic understanding of sustainability, bridging the gap between academic theory and business practices. Global climate change poses enormous environmental challenges, and societies across the world must adapt and innovate to further the goals of sustainability for present and future generations. The private sector especially must find new ways of doing business to align their practices with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community. Using a conceptually structured framework throughout, the book examines the latest academic research to summarize what environmental, social, and economic sustainability actually means in different contexts.Using numerous specific case studies and insights from industry leaders, the book shows how to strategically integrate sustainability into the organization, with extensive focus on policies, incentives, measures, operations, production, consumption, and lifecycle management. Volume 2 explores the concept of Radical Sustainability within an enterprise and why it is needed. With examples from zero waste to eliminating use of rare earth resources, triggering sustainable practices to cause related marketing, and sustainability responsibility to external transparency over internal incidents, this volume offers practical solutions for those who desire to progress from a Sustainable Strategy to an effective Sustainability Portfolio Management approach. Underpinned by international research-based evidence, it explores associated trends and drivers within the marketplace and how innovative environmental, social, economic and governance aspects can be considered and solutions applied.For researchers, students, and businesspeople at all levels and sectors, this handbook is an essential reference of the latest sustainability tools and methodologies required to adapt and innovate towards sustainability.
Smart City Assessment: A Novel Framework for Development and Evaluation of Smart Cities outlines a new assessment model for smart cities, including energy, environmental, and economic factors. It introduces a new paradigm to the understanding of smart cities by defining it using eight main domains, each domain using four specific performance indicators. This book defines a smart city as one with a smart environment, smart economy, smart society, smart culture, smart governance, smart energy, smart infrastructure, smart transportation, and one that is resilient to pandemics and global emergencies.This book begins by outlining these basic elements of a smart city, from sustainability to transportation networks. It then proposes a framework for evaluation, before analyzing both technological and socioeconomic factors in more detail. Central to the reader’s understanding are the wide range of detailed case studies based on real-world cities, analyzing their smart-ness and demonstrating the application of a Smart City Index ranking based on the assessment criteria. The application of this novel and comprehensive methodology is applied on 20 cities worldwide and trends, relationships between indicators and domains are assessed to better understand the dynamic connections in this composite network of indicators. Providing the theoretical background as well as the practical assessment tools necessary, this book offers a timely discussion of the criteria and development for smart, sustainable urban living.
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Urban Health: A Global Perspective outlines the problems, issues, and solutions to health in urban areas on a global scale. It will focus on several issues which impact the health of cities such as the environment, pollution, climate change, ecology, social equity, health inequalities, and health problems.The book will have several empirical studies which will explain economic, political and social issues influencing health in urban areas. Pandemics and sustainable development will also be discussed.
Securing Integrated Transportation Networks provides a comprehensive look at multimodal transportation security—its dynamics, evolving threats, and technology advances that enhance operational security and related infrastructure protection and hardening, as well as the regulatory environment. As threats are evolving, so is the technology used in enhancing transportation security, operational procedures, and regulations. This book addresses this dynamic evolution of transportation security, serving as a primary reference for information on the range of activities and components involved in transportation security. It covers the myriad parts involved in the relationship between, and among, logistics, the supply chains and transportation entities, and more.In addition, it looks at operations, infrastructure, equipment, laws and regulations, policies and procedures, and risk focused on transportation safety and security by mode and transportation in general. Cooperation and partnering with and among the industry, to include transportation providers and government agencies, is the way forward to ensure that security is maintained and keeps pace with the evolving threat and regulatory landscape.
International Perspectives on Public Transport Responses to COVID-19 examines the pandemic response of transport policymakers around the world while also analyzing how to prepare for the next epidemic or other such critical events. The book combines theoretical analysis with a compendium of country-focused case studies to provide scientific evidence and decision-making support for actions each transportation official must make going forward. Sections cover response and recovery efforts, providing insights on topics such as mitigation strategies and preparedness of the public transport sector, international case studies, and learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic for future epidemic mitigation strategies in the public transport sector. Governments, public transport authorities and operators, as well as students and researchers will learn what has and has not worked well during the COVID-19 pandemic. These insights will help them to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from unexpected disruptive events like pandemics in the future.