Computer processing capacity is about to overtake data storage capacity. This is the point of inflection that I have warned about for several years, and it promises a very dangerous and unpredictable near-term future. Most people will not know what hit them, being unable to understand the implications of it.
Here it starts with one guy saying, “Nobody has done that yet. So that’s the vision”. Next come the cascade of false assumptions whereby it is claimed that only more technology can solve a multitude of problems. This top-down approach to city building has always failed because people will not be managed in the way envisioned.
As economic uncertainty and turmoil spread throughout the world, Technocrats call for the demise of Free Enterprise and Capitalism and salvation through implementation of technology and Technocracy. Virtually all underlying assumptions are flawed, if not altogether false.
Urban planners intend to hardwire 5G into the fabric of smart cities in order to achieve maximum efficiency, environmental sustainability and cost savings. Sensors everywhere will collect real-time data on everything that moves or functions, providing real-time modeling with artificial intelligent algorithms.
Technology-driven Smart City dogma invaded World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lampur and delivered mostly empty rhetoric. Technology is rightly likened to a Ponzi scheme that will ultimately result in the collapse of cities and societies.
Dr. Parag Khanna, professor at Yew School for Public Policy in Singapore, rightly claims that Singapore is a Technocracy. Note that Smart Cities means a) autonomous transportation, b) remote healthcare, c) cameras and surveillance and d) cashless economy. Singapore truly has applied the “science of social engineering”.
The revolutionary 5G technology for cellular connections is inert as any other technology, but Smart-City planners see the opportunity to use it for total surveillance and micro-management of society. As Michael Bloomberg said, “It you cannot measure it, you cannot control it.”
The Technocrat’s solution to every problem known to man is technology and more technology. This is a false premise from the start because there is no demonstrable evidence that it is true. In other words, dreamers who imagine the future do not create reality merely because they imagine it.
Smart City investment and infrastructure is instrumental in forming a full-blown Technocracy, enabling micro-management of people, systems and societal directions. There is a global frenzy for the money being spent, but most of it will go to giant multinational corporations like GE, Siemens, Nvidia, Cisco, etc. This is not the future that people have chosen, but they will trapped in it nonetheless
As the U.N. drives people into the cities, proposing to micro-managin them like herds of cattle, nobody challenges people like Figueres with the fact that cities are the very engines of pollution and not saviors from it. Technocrats will bend science to any degree to make their ‘solutions’ fit.