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Smart cities: five myths debunked

The IESE Business School's 2017 Cities in Motion Index revealed good news for some of the world’s urban hubs but what really makes a city smart?

1. The world’s smartest cities have to be high performers across the board

The opposite is actually true. To have the resources and fire power to be able to support an intelligent infrastructure, the smartest global cities often fall down on other key areas. In the 2017 IESE Business School’s annual rankings of the world’s smartest cities, New York comes in at number one, followed by London in second place and Paris in third. This is out of a total of 180 cities across 80 countries. While all three top-performing cities scored highly on criteria including economy, human capital and…

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