SOME OF THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED CITIES IN THE WORLD
Added on: 22nd Dec 2016
The first city on our list of the most technologically advanced
cities in the world is Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
With over 10 million inhabitants, Jakarta is the most
populous city in Southeast Asia and is as large as
the state of Singapore. At the convergence of multiple
cultures including Arab, Indian, Malay, Javanese, Chinese
and Dutch, Jakarta is a high-tech Asian hub,
despite its terrible traffic.
The financial powerhouse of sub-Saharan Africa,
Johannesburg devotes itself to growing through technology.
The city planning committee has put a major focus on
tech industry partnerships, especially in information and
communications technology. Jo-burg’s police force has
even gone high-tech, installing CCTV cameras on every
street corner in the city centre to cut down on crime.
Beating out Bangalore, the “Silicon Valley of India,” for the
only Indian spot on this list, Mumbai nonetheless packs a
heavy punch when it comes to tech, specializing in
information technology and healthcare technology.
Though the film “Slumdog Millionaire” casts the city’s
slums in a dire light, professors such as Suketu Mehta
cast them in a more positive light: as hubs for
entrepreneurial energy powered by locals forced
to provide what the state doesn’t.
The most populous city in China, Shanghai has devoted
itself to technology, even creating multiple industrial
zones exclusively focused on tech. The advanced city
has attracted major industry players such as ExxonMobil
and Tesla Motors, which signed a non-binding agreement
with a local company to make Shanghai its production
base in China.
Buenos Aires’ focus on innovation and its support of local
start-up accelerators has cemented the city as the best
tech hub in South America. Buenos Aires is also one of
the best examples of a city using tech to care for its citizens,
automating maintenance of almost 1,000 miles (1,500 km)
of water drainage pipes to cut down on flooding and
even allowing citizens to tweet a picture of issues
which are then fixed within 96 hours.
Beijing’s economy has largely moved past the industrial
model; its economy is now 77% service-based, largely in
finance, retail and information technology. China’s
Silicon Valley is Zhongguancun in the city’s northwest,
home to both start-ups and established tech giants
such as Lenovo, Google, and Microsoft’s new
Chinese research headquarters.
Responsible for putting the first man in space, Russians are
notoriously skilled at computer science and technology.
So far, Moscow has excelled at creating copies of
Western companies, such as Yandex and VKontakte, the
Russian equivalent of Google and Facebook. These days,
the city is becoming a leader in new and less common
types of tech, such as nanotechnology.
Dubai is the de facto Middle Eastern hub for technology
(especially IT), home to global firms such as Hewlett-Packard,
Oracle and IBM. The city has invested heavily in tech, even
constructing Smart Palm trees with solar-powered phone-
chargers and Wi-Fi hotspots. It also launched the Dubai
Smart City project to connect residents in a fully-
integrated “smart” environment of the future.
The economic powerhouse of Italy, Milan is mostly known for
its fashion and banking industries. Besides the glamour
and the money, Milan hosts numerous high-tech expos
and even hosted the 2015 World’s Fair. Within the
tech sector, the city is a leader in biotechnology.