What is The Augmented City?

We’re betting on a multi-trillion node network of sensors and cognitive technologies in the world’s cities by 2035. 

That global network won’t be just urban infrastructure. It will be environmental habitat for humanity’s next stage of development. By 2035, cities and mega-cities will shelter: 

  • Most of the world’s people
  • Most of the world’s economy
  • Most of the world’s problems
  • Most of the world’s innovations

The Augmented City is exploring the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Urban Life, where visionaries are weaving of culture & code into new economies, opportunities, and new civilizational dynamics.

Through a combination of interviews with some of the smartest people in the business, as well as original, though-provoking anaylsis, the Augmented City wrestles with AI’s transformation of the physical and social urban infrastructures like transportation, healthcare, education – institutions being thrust suddenly onto the fast lane of change and evolution.

Our Host

John du pre Gauntt studied Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things at MIT, and holds a Master of Science in Information Systems from the London School of Economics.

His analyses of the impact of technology on business and public policy have been featured in The Economist, Oxford Economics, eMarketer and GigaOm.

He has contributed to editorial programs for the Monaco Media Forum, the Abu Dhabi Media Summit, and Digital, Life & Design (DLD). 

His consulting clients have included PwC, Morgan Stanley, NTT DoCoMo, Sony Corporation, the R/O Institute, and TF1 France.

He lives in the Seattle/Redmond area, where he is building and testing media and information environments for the new digital age.


“As technology moves increasingly into physical spaces and social environments, it is important for the conversation to extend beyond traditional engineering. It needs to embody anthropology, art, expression, meaning and a sense of place. John has created a platform with The Augmented City where that vital conversation can flourish.” – Justin Hamacher, Faculty, mHCI+D and Division of Design, University of Washington 2015-2018