‘Intelligent people’ will be smart and powerful by 2035

A new study from the University of Melbourne has found that Australians are already intelligent and powerful enough to meet the challenge of smart cities.

The research by a group of experts at the University’s Department of Information Technology and Society (ITS) has found Australians are among the world’s best-educated and most technologically advanced citizens.

“It’s a challenge for Australia because we are a small country, and our population is about half the size of the population of the United States,” Dr Helen MacQuarrie said.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do in the education, health, transport and technology sectors.”

Dr MacQuarnrie said there was no doubt that the country was becoming a smart city.

“Australia is the third-largest city in the world and is the fifth-largest economy in the Pacific region,” she said.