What We Do
Research Director, Technology Horizons
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As research director for IFTF’s Technology Horizons Program, a post he has held since joining IFTF in 2005, Anthony focuses on the impact of new technology on cities and public institutions, and the role of technology in economic development. He speaks frequently around the world on the smart city industry, government service innovation, and technology innovation systems. His writing on these themes has appeared in Scientific American, CQ Researcher, and a number of edited collections. His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia (Norton, October 2013), explores the rise of smart cities and the players shaping them, placing the current hype about the future of technology-enhanced cities in a broad historical context.
Anthony has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco, has testified before the U.S. Senate on the future of science parks, and advises economic development organizations and architecture and city planning firms in several cities globally. Named one of Postscapes’ Top 100 Thinkers tracking the Internet of Things and by Planetizen as a leading thinker in urban planning and technology, Anthony works in New York City. He holds a BA in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University, a master’s in urban planning from New York University, and a PhD in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Anthony’s current writings and full resume are available at www.anthonymobile.com. You can contact Anthony by phone (+1-650-233-9522), email (atownsend at iftf dot org), or via Twitter (@anthonymobile).
Making the Future
“The 21st century will be shaped by two tectonic forces: global urbanization and the spread of ubiquitous computing. Never before has humanity faced such enormous global challenges, nor has it amassed such a massive technological and organizational toolkit to tackle them. But there are no easy fixes. We are living on a planet of civic laboratories, where any citizen or small group can innovate. The challenge for the future is inspiring new inventions, finding the ones that work, and scaling and cross-fertilizing them. Foresight can play a powerful role in helping these little local breakthroughs add up to big change.”