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R.I.P. Bill Mitchell, Director of M.I.T.’s “Smart Cities” Research Group

M.I.T. Professor Bill


, the director of the university’s Smart Cities research

group, died yesterday after a battle with cancer, according to posts on CaringBridge

and BoingBoing

When Big Think interviewed

Mitchell in January

, he spoke about a wide variety of topics

related to mobility, sustainability, and the future of cities. Smart


research is particularly concerned with the emerging roles of networked

intelligence in fabrication and construction, urban mobility, building

design and intelligently responsive operation, and public space.

Mitchell described his research as being related to the “ability of

cities to, over time, remain in balance with the resource

streams that are available to them, and they have to do with social

justice and equity of the fundamental conditions of satisfactory


Mitchell was the author of a number of books on the future of cities,

including Me++:

The Cyborg Self and the Networked City

, City

of Bits

, and e-topia.


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