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Technology is reshaping our cities—often without permission and sometimes without a clue. Hosted by urban innovation expert Molly Turner and startup advisor Jim Kapsis, Technopolis asks the questions nobody is asking about what needs to change for tech to help solve more problems than it creates.

Technopolis Jim Kapsis, Molly Turner

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    • 4.5 • 200 Ratings

Technology is reshaping our cities—often without permission and sometimes without a clue. Hosted by urban innovation expert Molly Turner and startup advisor Jim Kapsis, Technopolis asks the questions nobody is asking about what needs to change for tech to help solve more problems than it creates.

    Care City

    Care City

    How might the pandemic affect the future of domestic work?

    • 36 min
    Restaurant City

    Restaurant City

    What will our neighborhood restaurants look and feel like after the pandemic is long gone?

    • 36 min
    Wired City

    Wired City

    Are we at risk of creating a permanent digital underclass? Internet access has become essential for modern American life, but current policies don't treat it that way. In this special bonus episode, Jim and Molly talk to Maya Wiley about a core piece of the infrastructure for our tech future: broadband. Wiley, a digital equity expert and MSNBC contributor, breaks down the history of broadband access, the severity of the inequity, and what it costs us all when some people just can't get online. We also talk about local efforts to improve broadband access, including Wiley's own work in New York City to turn old phone booths into free Wifi kiosks.
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    • 31 min
    Golden City

    Golden City

    Can Wakanda's capital city teach us to build better cities in the real world? For as long as there have been movies, there have been fictional visions of tech-forward futures. But few cities on film have inspired the awe of urbanists like Black Panther's Golden City, devised by production designer Hannah Beachler. In this special bonus episode, Jim and Molly talk with Beachler about the role tech played in her meticulously crafted urban vision. Beachler, who won the Academy Award for her work in the film, helps us understand why the Wakandan city feels so right—and what she thinks some real-life tech-led urban designs are getting wrong.

    • 32 min
    Feedback City

    Feedback City

    Is tech making it easier for us to talk to our cities? Changed bus routes. A shuttered park. How many times has your city made a decision affecting you that you didn't know about until after it happened? This persistent communication gap is one of the great conundrums for many city leaders. And it hasn't necessarily gotten any better just because we're on apps and social media. What are cities doing to find us where we are? And is using tech a more effective way to get our feedback about proposed changes? Molly and Jim talk to Eyal Feder-Levy, whose startup ZenCity tracks opinions about city government through our online comments, including public social media posts; and Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, who is on the front lines of this communications struggle.
    For more information on this episode, visit citylab.com/podcasts/technopolis. And email us your feedback to technopolis@citylab.com.

    • 29 min
    Delivery City

    Delivery City

    Will food delivery apps kill your favorite neighborhood restaurant? The tech-fueled delivery economy is already having a dramatic impact on how some restaurants do business. Will it also transform our neighborhoods? And should we feel guilty about ordering that coffee and donut directly to our door with a few taps on our phone? Molly and Jim talk with Leslie Silverglide, the CEO of the tech-savvy salad chain Mixt; and Amy Liu, vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.

    For more information on this episode, visit citylab.com/podcasts/technopolis. And email us your feedback to technopolis@citylab.com.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
200 Ratings

200 Ratings

mrbenfoster ,

Jim Kapsis knows his stuff

Great dialog and insights about modern cities and the sometimes unexpected and unplanned technology impacts on our lives now and in the future.

karpstyles ,

Back and even better!

So happy Technopolis is back for a new season! First two episodes are fantastic - can't wait for more to come!

galaktoboureko4u ,

Love this podcast!

I’m so glad Technopolis is back for another season! This podcast is even more relevant and important today given the impact of COVID on our cities. Can’t wait to listen to all the new episodes!

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