Michael Jackson's Smart City

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired.

Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired. Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

Did you know Michael Jackson was ahead of his time publishing his smart city video clip of Billie Jean in 1983? The clip shows the King of Pop moving around a city landscape in which squares light up whenever he passes by. The same goes for the smart lights of the street responding to his presence. Not only did this short film break down MTV's racial barrier as the first video by a black artist to be aired in heavy rotation, it also showed an future vision of a smart city which has become reality.

Check out the smart light project of the Hoekenrodeplein for example: <https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/smart-light>

I hope to inspire you in the future and light your way through our smart city. Does your smart city look like the one in Billie Jean?


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