More details about Danish architect Bjarke Ingels' AI City in China were revealed during a global tech conference this week. The smart city, planned for Chongqing in southwest China, would rely largely on next-gen technologies and AI to gather and crunch data, which could help it better meet residents' needs.
- According to Reuters, the latest plans raised some eyebrows as experts worry about mass surveillance, lack of privacy, and data sharing with governments.
- The city is being planned by Danish architecture firm BIG and Chinese tech company Terminus Group.
- Its first region, Cloud Valley, spans 33 acres with two adjacent plots that “mimic each other’s opposites,” similar to yin and yang. This phase has been under construction since April.
- Plans call for a protected network of courtyards with public functions, green rooftops for open-air events, a Robot Museum, and AI exhibition spaces, markets, and cafés. The project aims to incorporate self-driving cars, robotic vehicles, and e-bikes for its own "smart mobility" system.
- An AI virtual housekeeper named Titan would assist residents by presenting schedules and choosing their breakfast, for example.
- China says more than 500 campus-style "smart" cities are being built across the country.