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Making a Smart City Legible

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Publication date21/05/2022
Host publicationMachine Learning and the City: Applications in Architecture and Urban Design
EditorsSilvio Carter
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Number of pages13
ISBN (electronic)9781119815075
ISBN (print)9781119749639
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter discusses Lancaster City Council's AI for Lancaster Programme. The programme has been a collaboration between the City Council, the International Organization for Artificial Intelligence Legibility, PETRAS and Imagination Lancaster. The chapter describes the design concepts implemented in the city in order to communicate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to citizens, juxtaposing the designs themselves with extracts from interviews and research conducted to evaluate them. Any innovation supporting the implementation of responsible AI systems in urban contexts should be welcomed, and tools like Design Fiction should be employed to smooth the way for this process. In conclusion, the chapter also discusses how the insights derived from the AI for Lancaster Programme can help inform smart city initiatives while supporting the emergence of hybrid sociologies to describe the urban, social, and technological world we live in.