In a world where people are relying more and more on technology, some cities have adapted to the changes better than others. Aside from smartphones, appliances, electric cars …etc., entire cities are embracing all the new powers that technology has provided for a faster, more efficient way of living.
One part of life that technology is constantly changing is how people get around. Gas-guzzling cars are frowned upon in favor of smart cars in many cutting edge cities. In both Berkeley and San Jose, California, residential buildings by law have to have at least 70% of their parking spaces able to accommodate electric cars.
Along the same lines, Chicago has taken steps to make every one of its public buildings use energy more efficiently. In Boston, new buildings are being constructed using a carbon-neutral design.
Smart cars and greener buildings aren’t the only new trends for 2020. Companies like Uber are making every effort to turn flying cars into a reality. The company plans to test flying cars to determine if they can be used for taxis. They are operating on the belief that by 2023 flying cars will be a normal part of society. Uber plans to create an alternate type of airport to be used by flying cars only.
2020 will also see an increase in the war against cyberattacks. Major cities such as New Orleans have experienced long-lasting consequences. When 7,000 terabytes of data were accessed by an unauthorized party, a state of emergency was declared. The process of recovering the data that was compromised involved 400 servers as well as 4,000 computers.
Several cities in Florida that were the victims of cyberattacks included Key Biscayne, Riveria Beach, Naples, and Lake City. The latter two actually paid the ransom that the hackers demanded with Lake City’s being $462,000 and $600,000. This led to a resolution by a handful of cities mayors that they would refuse to ever pay a ransom to anyone conducting a cyber attack. The hope is that this will make them undesirable.
As a result of each of these incidents, the Department of Homeland Security has backed a bipartisan bill that would help create grant programs. Those programs would be used by states in their efforts to create measures against future cases of cyberattacks.