Screengrab via IBM video
If you were given total control of your city and could plan exactly how it was set up from the structures to the water management to the banking industry, how would you lay it out? IBM created a SimCity-like game called CityOne in which you can design the ideal city. The assumption is they want to mine people's minds for the best ideas that we can implement to improve our real cities, and see what we can salvage from our terrible urban planning efforts. Check out a video of the game after the jump and see if you want to add in your two cents about how bike lanes should be set up, and if we should be running off nuclear or wind energy. CityOne is IBM's solution for both teaching about the complexity of a city, and discovering solutions for better planning. IBM says, "Your mission:
Level-Up your skills and discover how to make our Planet smarter, revolutionize industries and solve real-world business, environmental and logistical problems using IBM solutions."
Fast Company writes, "The game's premise is based on the real world: Cities already consume 75% of the world's energy and cause 80% of its carbon emissions. And they're growing at a blistering pace: The world's urban population is expected to double by 2050. So cities have to grow smarter if they're to support the massive population migrations that are happening worldwide. CityOne is much like Sim City, only the problems are scarily real, ranging among energy, water, banking, and retail."
Every one of us thinks we have the solutions to what's ailing our cities (I have a thing or two or ten to suggest to the Transit Authority about San Francisco's MUNI system) and in this game, we get a chance to see how those suggestions work when they're implemented, and how they impact other areas of the city's infrastructure and functions. It sounds really interesting, and we'll probably all gain some sympathy for the people who are trying to hammer out the issues in our own communities.
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