Do you buy this “Smart City ®” that is being peddled to you? Do you feel the magnificent effects of BigGov and BigCo overhauling urban infrastructure with “Smart City ®” connected traffic lights, energy meters, and surveillance systems? Does knowing where the “Smart City ®” subway is in real-time BLOW YOUR FREAKING MIND?? Here’s a newsflash: (Dramatic […]
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YOU are the “Smart City”

Do you buy this “Smart City ®” that is being peddled to you? Do you feel the magnificent effects of BigGov and BigCo overhauling urban infrastructure with “Smart City ®” connected traffic lights, energy meters, and surveillance systems? Does knowing where the “Smart City ®” subway is in real-time BLOW YOUR FREAKING MIND??

Here’s a newsflash: (Dramatic pause…….) Using computers and the internet increases efficiency! Of basically everything! Even cities!

Blistering cynicism aside, let’s face it, BigGov missed the boat big-time on this one. Shouldn’t they have delivered on the “Smart City ®” a long time ago? I mean, it’s 2011. People are building their own flying drones out of cell phones and Arduinos. People are consolidating all the world’s information onto Wikipedia. People are using Twitter to stage national revolts.

And BigGov is busy connecting garbage cans.

Pachube :: blog: YOU are the “Smart City”.


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