LAS VEGAS—Visions for futuristic cities where life-improving technologies proliferate have been around since the dawn of science fiction. But are we approaching a point where we can realistically expect to see these technologies in action? Depending on the technology in question, the answer is increasingly yes. In a previous article on the subject, Jeremy Kelly, a lead director at JLL said that “In this digital age, governments, urban planners and businesses see an opportunity to use technologiesfrom artificial intelligence to sensors to enhance where communities live, work and play.”

These issues were discussed during a breakout session titled “Smart Cities and Smart Buildings” at the CREW National Convention 2021, here in Las Vegas, where panelists also talked about how cities of the future will offer a wide array of “smart technologies.”

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