Session 1G: Leveraging Generative AI and 5IR Innovations in Building Caribbean Smart Cities of the Future [SDGs: 11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities]

July 9, 2024

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

In the context of the United Nations’ projection that by 2050, 66% of the world’s population will reside in urban areas, this panel is dedicated to exploring the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Fifth Industrial Revolution (5IR) technologies in crafting smart cities in the Caribbean. As the region faces a future of increased urbanization, this session aims to provide insights into how AI and 5IR can be pivotal in addressing the challenges and opportunities this demographic shift presents. Experts in urban planning, AI, and technological innovation will discuss the deployment of these technologies to enhance urban efficiency, sustainability, and livability. Central to the discussions will be the application of AI in critical urban sectors like transportation, public safety, energy, and infrastructure, tailored to meet the unique needs of a growing urban Caribbean population. The panel will also explore the implications of rapid urbanization in the Caribbean, focusing on building resilient infrastructure, sustainable resource management, and equitable smart city development. The goal is to outline a forward-thinking strategy for Caribbean cities to not only embrace AI and 5IR in their growth but also to become model urban centers in a predominantly urbanized world by 2050.
Christopher M. Jones, PhD

Author | Innovator | Entrepreneur | Executive | 2022 Democratic for Governor of Arkansas, USA

Energy & Environmental Economist