- By Parag Khanna<p> Parag Khanna is director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. </p> <p> Aaron Smith is a researcher at the Hybrid Reality Institute. </p>
Saskia Sassen, who has pioneered the study of the global city, continues to innovate our understanding of urban environments. Backstage at the Economist‘s Intelligent Infrastructure summit, she discusses her theory of "urban knowledge capital," the need for a "Metropolitan Development Index," and the latest insights from Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought.