Urban artificial intelligence

April 2018 - April 2019
25.000 € (for Nexa)
Funding organization: 

Future Urban Legacy Lab - Politecnico di Torino

Person(s) in charge: 
Executive summary: 

Artificial Intelligence is “a science and a set of computational technologies that are inspired by — but typically operate quite differently from — the ways people use their nervous systems and bodies to sense, learn, reason, and take action” (Artificial Intelligence and life in 2030, https://stanford.io/2bLQYny). Advances in AI technologies have a substantial impact on everyday lives, and major changes are expected in the following years especially in urban context, where the majority of world population moved.


AI is playing a growing role in our lives: by automatically gathering and processing information from human activities, AI technologies can perform several autonomous tasks, ranging from simple one such as voice recognition, to very complex like autonomous driving.

The reliability of these technologies is increasing; therefore, many human tasks today are delegated to machines, and with the fast-technological development pace, many more human activities will be automated in a close future. Notwithstanding the large number of current applications of AI in everyday life, many issues are still under debate in several research communities and civil society: systematic biases, liability concerns, transformation of labor, are a few examples of the socio-technological challenges to be faced.


The research project aims at studying the impact of AI applications in the urban context, in relation to the social implications and the technological developments. The research will be conducted in a multi-disciplinary setting, harnessing the collaboration between the Nexa Center for Internet and Society and the Future Urban Legacy Lab (which involves seven different engineering departments).


At the time of writing, the project has just started and will produce its first results in late 2018.