Savills Europe suggests winners and losers in the high tech cities of the future

Savills Europe suggests winners and losers in the high tech cities of the future
Savills Europe suggests winners and losers in the high tech cities of the future

Artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, 3D printing and other technologies are shaping the future of cities in high-speed and unpredictable ways, according to the latest Savills Europe report.

It is still debatable whether the innovations of the future will have a positive or a negative impact on society, the Megatrends in Europe report concludes.

"On the one hand new technologies facilitate our lives, but on the other they displace middle level jobs, leading to increasing structural unemployment and income inequality.

"The optimists argue that, historically, technological evolution has created new jobs and industries as much as it has destroyed some of the older ones.

It suggests the affinity of the Y and Z generations with technology determines their expectations, their lifestyle and the way they relate to space.

"The smart technologies of the future will change the way we live our lives, but will they also alter the way we use physical space? connectivity, contact, communication, comfort, choice and collaboration.

"In Europe, internet penetration exceeded 70% and mobile use penetration exceeded 60% in 2014, and continue to grow.

"Information technology and the digital world reshape the real one and re-define work, mobility, communication, retailing and distribution, as users achieve more by moving less.

"Big data gathered via sensors, surveys, mapping and other sources will enable the policy makers and urban planners to analyse and share the information, leading to more efficient, more manageable, ‘smarter’ cities.'

It concluded the real estate industry is trying to adapt and preempt the changes that new technologies bring to people’s habits and lifestyle.

"It is not clear yet if technology will lead to a dramatic reduction in the need for physical space or will change the way space is used.

"Geography remains important and people continue to cluster in hubs of like-minded people.

"Cities with a spirit of innovation are likely to attract young talent and become hubs of communication, collaboration and knowledge.

"The large European capitals of London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Amsterdam, Vienna are established centres of innovation, while smaller secondary cities also compete for this title.

It noted last year the European Commission awarded Barcelona the title of European Capital of Innovation (iCapital) ahead of Grenoble and Groningen for ‘introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens’. 

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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