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Phoenix Seeks to Adopt AI for City and Regional Planning

An extension of the Phoenix metro region’s half-cent transportation sales tax by voters this November would give the city a green flag, and funding, to expand its use of AI as a planning tool.

June 11, 2024 - APM Research Lab

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Cities Are Interested in Adopting Generative AI. What’s Stopping Them?

Only a fraction of cities interested in using generative artificial intelligence to enhance how they operate have made moves to adopt to the technology. What are the obstacles to adoption and what can be learned from local governments who’ve already taken the leap?

June 6, 2024 - World Economic Forum

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Colorado Becomes First State in US to Regulate AI for Bias

Under the new law, developers, deployers, and businesses using AI systems at “high-risk” for bias discrimination in critical areas like housing will be required to account for risks and be transparent about how the technology is being used.

May 28, 2024 - People of Color in Tech

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Study: AI Can Help Build Support for Car-Free, Car-Lite Infrastructure

Study participants were more likely to support sustainable transportation projects when shown AI images of what the completed real-life infrastructure would look like, suggesting generative AI could be a useful tool for planners.

May 16, 2024 - PetaPixel

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HUD Issues Fair Housing Guidance for AI

AI software used to select tenants or target housing advertisements has the potential to introduce discrimination and bias.

May 7, 2024 - Route Fifty

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AI Traffic Management Comes to Dallas-Fort Worth

Several Texas cities are using an AI-powered platform called NoTraffic to help manage traffic signals to increase safety and improve traffic flow.

April 24, 2024 - Dallas Morning News

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Using AI to Analyze Public Comments

A new tool is designed to help local governments organize and understand large volume of community input on projects.

April 4, 2024 - StateScoop

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San Jose Is Training AI to Identify Homeless Camps

Images captured on cameras mounted on a municipal vehicle are being used to train a private technology companies’ AI algorithm to detect tents and signs of habitation in vehicles.

April 2, 2024 - The Guardian

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Washington DC Launches Open Data Chatbot

City data is now available literally at the public’s fingertips, no data analytics skills required.

March 31, 2024 - Cities Today

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PlanGPT: A New AI Tool Specifically for Planners

The new large learning language model could help enhance efficiency and change the way urban planners work.

March 18, 2024 - Marktechpost

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Video: Can US Power Grid Handle AI’s Growing Energy Needs?

Are U.S. utilities and energy infrastructure prepared for the energy demand of data centers to more than double by 2030, driven largely by increased use of AI?

March 8, 2024 - Yahoo Finance

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AI’s Growing Threat to Climate Justice

Emerging technologies like AI have great promise for climate innovation, but also a hidden environmental footprint could lead to disproportionate harm to low-income and marginalized communities.

February 28, 2024 - Brookings Institution

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Securing Smart Cities: Financial Cybersecurity in an Urban Age

Explore financial cybersecurity in smart cities, addressing urban vulnerabilities and strategies for protection.

February 15, 2024 - Devin Partida

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How Autonomous Should Cities Be?

AI could automate many urban systems, but that may not mean it’s a good idea.

January 4, 2024 - The Conversation

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Report: ChatGPT Shows Limited Knowledge in Sparsely Populated Areas

Recent research showed bias when using the tool to assess environmental justice issues in various parts of the country.

December 19, 2023 - Cointelegraph

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How AI Envisions American Neighborhoods

How well does artificial intelligence ‘get’ U.S. cities?

November 7, 2023 - Chris Steins via Medium

The Denver Skyline, according to Midjourney, an AI image generator.

Denver-Inspired Chatbot Serves as Prototype for AI in City Planning and Zoning

A prototype City Planning Chatbot uses AI to answer public questions on zoning and city planning in Denver. Although not endorsed by the City, the experiment demonstrates the potential power of AI to provide accurate planning and zoning answers.

November 5, 2023 - Chris Steins via Medium

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New Orleans Uses AI To Improve Traffic Safety

A new platform uses technology to improve traffic flow and reduce the risk of collisions with streetcars.

September 20, 2023 - Biz New Orleans

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AI and Downtown Recovery: Missing the Mark in Seattle?

In his fourth GeekWire article on downtown recovery, Chuck Wolfe reviews the use of AI imagery in a section of the Seattle Downtown Activation Plan and suggests how it may have missed the mark.

July 20, 2023 - GeekWire

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Critiquing an AI-Generated Architecture Critic

Artificial intelligence is being used to generate all kinds of content. Can it successfully replace architecture critics, or does understanding place require physical presence?

January 23, 2023 - The Dallas Morning News

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