Source: WBEZ

Charlie Catlett has a vision of the future of Chicago where citizens can talk directly with the city itself.

Imagine walking down the street and getting a text letting you know there’s ice ahead. Or even getting help walking around at night.

“It’s 10 p.m., it’s dark, you don’t know the city very well,” said Catlett, the director of the Urban Center for Computation and Data. “You’d be able to pull up an app on your phone that shows you where there’s the most foot traffic. That’s the route I want to take.”