Technocracy’s 1930s claim of being the “science of social engineering” is clearly seen in every aspect of today’s smart buildings and smart cities. Advanced technology is used to monitor, manage, control and predict every conceivable aspect of urban existence.
As traditional political power weakens, market forces like Big Tech and FinTech are emerging as the new centers of power and evidences of this are everywhere. Academia is describing and embracing these trends and openly talking about Technocracy. Technocracy is an economic system driven by market forces whereas Democracy and socialism are political systems.
Smart City technology has found a way to incorporate blanket sensors into road pavement to provide continuous ‘services’ and connections to your autonomous and traditional automobile. Commercial companies will deliver Internet-based content to passengers while government entities will track and monitor every movement and behavior.
Siemens is a main driver and global leader in Smart City technology. So, Siemens tells Los Angeles what its problems are (energy, transit) and then proceeds to sell solutions that will ‘fix’ the problems, ‘helping’ the city meet its United Nations-imposed Sustainable Development goals.
Cellular carriers are racing at breakneck speed to implement 5G because it will unlock trillions of dollars in new data while driving smart cities and enabling the Internet of Things. Security is an afterthought, but experts note that the potential for breaches will expand exponentially. The failure of massive IoT systems could throw society into chaos.
The Smart City concept has never been about just a single city, but rather a global network of smart cities that interoperate with each other. Ultimately, this will require massive AI programs to model the entire planet for the sake of command and control. This is the nature of Sustainable Development, aka Technocracy.
The mind of Technocracy is clearly seen in the first line of this story: Any problem caused by technology can be fixed with more technology. It never occurs to a Technocrat that many problems cannot be fixed with technology.
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.