China constructed its infamous technocrat-inspired “ghost cities” designed to house tens of millions but rather stand empty today. Saudi Arabia is building a technocrat-inspired smart city that is 33 times larger than New York that will make Dubai look like an outpost. Both examples are completely unplugged from reality. Technocrats build because they can, not because there is any good reason to do so.
Prisoners of war are slaves when put into concentration camps. Modern cities are headed in that direction as ubiquitous surveillance and monitoring technology is merged into the human condition via implants, wearables and ingested sensors. Add to that the totally immersive Metaverse and you have a perfect recipe for outright slavery.
City-based Technocrats are thrilled that Biden’s recently passed infrastructure bill will lather cities with billions of dollars for smart city projects designed to light up the Internet of Things, provide ubiquitous surveillance and wrap in outlying areas that are currently out of reach of the surveillance state. Did you think that infrastructure spending was about fixing potholes and bridges?
Marketed on the basis of being free and convenient, the IKE kiosks collect data on every person who comes near them, including id’ing your bluetooth and wifi devices. Cameras record your face, examine your choices and selections. Their payback is “surveillance capitalism” where you are subsumed into the Technocrat control grid.
Creating digital twins of urban centers is headed toward a major convergence with the metaverse where “players” will be able to insert their avatars into a hologram depiction of a city of their choice. This will also provide dual surveillance pointing out the location of your physical body vs. the location of your avatar. Ready Player One.
Singapore is long acknowledged as a Technocracy and is home to Parag Khanna, author of Technocracy in America. The PR spin on Singapore claims it is a bastion of enlightened and progressive living, but the reality of actually living there is intolerant authoritarianism, massive and constant surveillance, curtailed rights.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is leading humanity to a full-blown Technocracy with the ground-up construction of a 105 mile long “futuristic tech hub” that “encapsulates the major elements of his so-called ‘Vision 2030’. Every aspect of the giant city will be “sustainable” and “smart”. Welcome to the “Brave New World”.
Utopia, aka Technocracy, by any other name is still Utopia and not one single attempt to built it has ever succeeded. Yet, the billionaire class continue the myth by promoting new efforts on virtually ever continent on earth. Telosa is the latest iteration to build a city from the ground up to model their dreams.
Smart City surveillance takes on a special role in cities dependent on tourism. Venice is perfecting Brave New World concept: “We know in real time how many people are in each part [of the city], and which countries they’re from.”
Total surveillance in Smart Cities has not been curtailed in the slightest as new tech is rolled out to police forces around America. Components like sensors, cameras, license plate readers, CCTV and more are being rolled up into a single surveillance sledgehammer for police, DHS, Fusion Centers, etc.