Some months ago I was asked to write a contribution to the new edition of Barcelona Metropolis magazine. This monograph is devoted to smart cities and includes a number of articles with different perspectives exploring the benefits and perils for urban living. Smart cities, technology with people in mind comprises several contributions with a particular focus on Barcelona, but they can be also illustrative of the generic discussions on smart cities. My article, which is finally entitled Intelligence at the service of people, tries to set the case for a new understanding and a new narrative on the intersection of digital technologies and urban life in the networked society.

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