Authors: King Wang Poon, Hyowon Lee, Wee Kiat Lim, Rajesh Elara Mohan, Youngjin (Marie) Chae, Gayathri Balasubramanian, Aaron Wai Keet Yong, Raymond Wei Wen Yeong

Countries, cities, and companies are investing in smart cities and digital economies.

  • How can people thrive as their lives are disrupted and transformed?
  • Will jobs be created or destroyed?
  • Will digital divides narrow or widen in education and healthcare?

Living Digital 2040 provides practical answers to these questions. It focuses on the future of work, education, and healthcare, because all of us experience these three social and economic institutions every day, and at seminal stages of our lives. Work, education, and healthcare also build our capabilities and relationships, so that we can live flourishing lives.

Living Digital 2040 takes the view that it is up to us create a future that is better than the one today. It explores practical possibilities we could pursue, and how our collective capacity for innovation and collaboration can tackle the disruptive forces, and transform our lives for the better.

Chapter 1 – Beyond Physical: Cities Living Digital
Chapter 2 – How and Why
Chapter 3 – Drivers of Change
Chapter 4 – Future of Work
Chapter 5 – Future of Education
Chapter 6 – Future of Healthcare
Chapter 7 – Conclusion: The Scalable City

Sample chapters — and purchase details — can be found at World Scientific Publishing, Amazon, and Amazon UK. Additional materials can also be found at

Please note that the book was written for general readership. We made a conscious choice to do so because we believed that the important issues discussed in the book must reach and be understood by as wide an audience as possible. In doing so, we did not compromise rigour – the underlying research that informed the book have now been published and presented at several conferences.

Readers and researchers interested in the book and related research can refer to Future of Cities – Living with Technology, Smart Cities Lab, and Future of Cities – Future Digital Economies and Digital Societies . They can also email us at