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.
Data is the new oil of the 21st century. COVID-19 is providing the opportunity for city CIOs to implement massive new data collection and analysis systems at a time when other initiatives have no funding or support. Technocrats remain in control of the entire narrative.
Like a skilled magician who gets you to look at his right hand while the left hand is performing the “trick”, New York state is rolling out 500,000 smart streetlights that hook up to the Internet of Things (IoT).
Plagued with problems from the start, Sidewalk Labs has abandoned Quayside and Toronto but is not giving up on ‘reimagining cities’. Former CEO Eric Schmidt, has just been tapped by New York City to reimagine its future existence.
The Internet of Things, AI, machine learning and other Smart City Technology is proposed to be the catch-all solution for ‘winning the war’ against COVID-19. Likened to Superman, this article states, “This sounds like a job for data visualization and smart city tech.”