The first paragraph gives it away: “1 billion urban dwellers live in settlements that have emerged outside of the state’s control”. This core of New Urban Agenda is to bring everyone under state control; in other words, as so many other UN documents say, “leave no one behind”.
Technocrats at work: Denver chooses to be a Global City, and has partnered with Panasonic to create the most advanced model of a Smart City in the world!
Technocrats envision a new world where the city-state replaces the nation-state, and cities are multicultural melting pots of humanity. Thus, planning, monitoring and directing is everything.
The technological components of a “smart city,” including everything from smart grids and driverless cars to automated buildings and advanced sensors, can be complicated. But…
The computer titans of the world are rushing to get their share of the multi-trillion dollar market for automation of Smart Cities. This is the essence of Scientific Dictatorship because the UN’s New Urban Agenda calls for complete geo-spatial monitoring of everything within a city.
The theme of this article. based on Smart Cities, wreaks of Technocracy: “Technology makes it cool, but data is what makes it smart.” Citizens of the cities are dehumanized and made into mere objects of being cool and smart.
This article opines, “A common complaint about greenfield smart city deployments is that they’re antiseptic — they lack character”, and they are correct. Technocrats who promote Smart Cities are antiseptic by nature, pushing only efficiency and design; people are merely objects, and sometimes inconveniences, in the design process.
“Sensors, sensors everywhere…The Smart Nation initiative looks to turn the island into a “living laboratory” — a kind of playground for testing smart solutions to urban issues.”
As big as COP21 (2015 Paris Climate agreement), Habitat III intends to change city life forever, and yet hardly anyone knows it will occur next month in Quito, Ecuador. The scientifically ignorant will apply their “science of social engineering” to demand how the rest of humanity should live. If you didn’t like Agenda 21, 2030 Agenda, ICLEI, etc., then you will understand why Habitat III is being compared to the Olympics.
The authors peg this correctly: “But with centralised algorithms managing every facet of society, data-driven technocracy is threatening to overwhelm innovation and democracy.” However, they do not see the overall agenda of Technocracy in the first place.