Life in 2030 Smart City Promises Utopia

Ida Aukin

Don’t let the author’s beauty distract you: This article posits Technocracy to the letter. She envisions being a part of the ‘collective’ where nothing is owned and everything is shared. Is this the future you want?   TN Editor

Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, “our city”. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.

It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much.

First communication became digitized and free to everyone. Then, when clean energy became free, things started to move quickly. Transportation dropped dramatically in price. It made no sense for us to own cars anymore, because we could call a driverless vehicle or a flying car for longer journeys within minutes. We started transporting ourselves in a much more organized and coordinated way when public transport became easier, quicker and more convenient than the car. Now I can hardly believe that we accepted congestion and traffic jams, not to mention the air pollution from combustion engines. What were we thinking?

Sometimes I use my bike when I go to see some of my friends. I enjoy the exercise and the ride. It kind of gets the soul to come along on the journey. Funny how some things seem never seem to lose their excitement: walking, biking, cooking, drawing and growing plants. It makes perfect sense and reminds us of how our culture emerged out of a close relationship with nature.

“Environmental problems seem far away”

In our city we don’t pay any rent, because someone else is using our free space whenever we do not need it. My living room is used for business meetings when I am not there.

Once in awhile, I will choose to cook for myself. It is easy – the necessary kitchen equipment is delivered at my door within minutes. Since transport became free, we stopped having all those things stuffed into our home. Why keep a pasta-maker and a crepe cooker crammed into our cupboards? We can just order them when we need them.

This also made the breakthrough of the circular economy easier. When products are turned into services, no one has an interest in things with a short life span. Everything is designed for durability, repairability and recyclability. The materials are flowing more quickly in our economy and can be transformed to new products pretty easily. Environmental problems seem far away, since we only use clean energy and clean production methods. The air is clean, the water is clean and nobody would dare to touch the protected areas of nature because they constitute such value to our well being. In the cities we have plenty of green space and plants and trees all over. I still do not understand why in the past we filled all free spots in the city with concrete.

The death of shopping

Shopping? I can’t really remember what that is. For most of us, it has been turned into choosing things to use. Sometimes I find this fun, and sometimes I just want the algorithm to do it for me. It knows my taste better than I do by now.

When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people. The concept of rush hour makes no sense anymore, since the work that we do can be done at any time. I don’t really know if I would call it work anymore. It is more like thinking-time, creation-time and development-time.

For a while, everything was turned into entertainment and people did not want to bother themselves with difficult issues. It was only at the last minute that we found out how to use all these new technologies for better purposes than just killing time.

“They live different kinds of lives outside of the city”

My biggest concern is all the people who do not live in our city. Those we lost on the way. Those who decided that it became too much, all this technology. Those who felt obsolete and useless when robots and AI took over big parts of our jobs. Those who got upset with the political system and turned against it. They live different kind of lives outside of the city. Some have formed little self-supplying communities. Others just stayed in the empty and abandoned houses in small 19th century villages.

Once in awhile I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. No where I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me.

All in all, it is a good life. Much better than the path we were on, where it became so clear that we could not continue with the same model of growth. We had all these terrible things happening: lifestyle diseases, climate change, the refugee crisis, environmental degradation, completely congested cities, water pollution, air pollution, social unrest and unemployment. We lost way too many people before we realised that we could do things differently.

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Tom
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Alright…..Who did it? Who was the bonehead who repealed and nullified the laws of nature? See what it got you? That’ll learn ya durn ya.

Anonymous
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My goodness what fantasy! When we become robots too this might actually work, but that’s all part of the plan too I’m sure.

Doug Harrison
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I’m sure she has never read any history. Also I’ll bet she has lived off the public purse for most of the little time she has lived.

Allis Chalmers
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In other words a complete welfare state. The human one step from extinction. Take away ones ability to think and do its over.

phillip
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We’re not all desperate. I’ve seen more distracting beauty from cartoon characters.

Frank
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And at age 30 we go to carousel to be renewed.

Hugh Farnham
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Life in utopia can be sweet until corrupt people take hold of the levers of power. Imagine this hottie in the city of tomorrow, 2030. The overlord is a Bill Clinton knock-off. She catches his eye and he wants her fruit. She doesn’t give in and doesn’t need Bill’s attention in this socialist wonderland – she has everything she needs. So Bill orders her food replicators to malfunction to signal the seriousness of his intent. She still doesn’t give in. Then he orders that wonderful electric Uber to drive off a cliff with her husband in it. In her grief,… Read more »
Rumplestiltskin
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It just amazes me that those morons actually believe this is possible without human labor. Nothing related to humanity has value unless human labor gives it that value. The outdated concept of leisure time is surely Utopian, but who grows your food? Does everyone work for free? What happens when you want something that your Utopian society does not agree gives you purpose? Do you bow to the majority think? This idiocy always and I mean always leads to a society falling to the lowest common denominator, the majority of which will be ruled not by robots or computers but… Read more »
Toby Lee
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Interesting perspective, but dependant. ***I have been robbed of most everything by very powerful white-collar thugs, (attorneys, bureacrats, storages, street thugs) and so the last 20 years I buy “everything I need” from 2nd hand stores/economy, (now ‘my stuff’ is not really a thief magnet). There’s a glut of “stuff” (see George Carlin) out there from the housing bubble fake prosperity era. I depend on no one, “stuff” doesn’t own me, easy to relocate/easy replace, own 2-3 used bikes at a time, put a bike on a bus, ride bike 24/7/12, no auto repair-insur-cops-judges-traffic, great cook with all kitchen ‘stuff’,… Read more »
Patrick Wood

Toby, that you can live this lifestyle is fantastic, but only because you are able to do it at your will, and not be forced to do so. Forcing anyone to live like anyone else is not freedom, but rather slavery.

Kelly Broussard
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Patrick I’ve been doing a lot of research over this Technocracy and its ties to the trilateral commission. What has the election of Trump done to say as you did “throw a monkey wrench at this”?

Patrick Wood

Honestly, Kelly, it was premature speculation to say with confidence that Trump will indeed throw a monkey wrench in the gears of Technocracy. At the end of January, when all appointments are in and confirmed, I believe we will look at the Trump administration and be able to draw better conclusions.

So far, a few of his appointments have been ok, but his picks from the Military and Goldman Sachs are really problematic. If he plays a strong hand into Technocracy policies, then we will know where its headed.

Kelly Broussard
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That speculation was on my part. I have been pouring over all of your previous interviews this past week and in one of them from last year you were talking about a movement tp throw a monkey wrench in their plan. After watching this last unfold and seeing the Trump movement taking shape. I was hoping this is the movement you were theoretically talking about. Some of his picks aren’t great but maybe some of these people who didn’t really understand what they were signing onto and now can jump ship. One can only hope. These talks about Richard Haas… Read more »
Patrick Wood

Condolezza Rice is a Trilateral. Exxon has a very bad history and is a 100% global corporation. Goldman Sachs appointees are dominating economic policy. Thus far, I cannot identify a single known for their Constitutional understanding. Just some thoughts…

Toby Lee
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Thank you Mr. Wood, truly an honor. (I buy some new, but there is so much quality ‘stuff’ out there) *Everything is temporary, including our shattered-economy-by-design. I’m 63yo) (search”Abandoned America”) Truth is Authority and prevails as you know. The ‘other part’ of the equation is the harmless and fearless “informed warrior”(under all the surveilance)to choose battles wisely, survive, to be a watchman and witness for freedom, Blessed By Heaven. (Hagmann,S.Quayle, W.Shoebat,D.Hodges,R.Wiles, P.McGuire, G.Hunter, A.Jones, S.Zelinski,etc) I call it “red list wisdom” with the privilege and freedom, to give my life for Heaven’s Truth, freedom for others, and TO DIE FREE!

Kevin
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“…and hope no one uses it against me.” That’s the thing. Human nature being what it is, it WILL be used against you at some point. Have you ever shared an office with other people? People will leave garbage on your desk, walk off with your pens and other necessities, causing you to have to go and locate what you need to do your job every time someone has spent some time at your desk. No big deal, just very irritating. Now imagine everything you need on a daily basis is shared. That shirt you wanted to wear, the only… Read more »
Judy A Parkin
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Drones. No self worth. No pride. No individuality. Kind of like a zombie apocalypse.

Donald Canaday
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In the Caribbean ,Bermuda.they have system,you open a company,you use it but you. Don’t own it.you pay for property.but don’t own it.you are free to use service,companies.but you sell it,or use while in these islands.America since Ronald Reagan,in 1980’s try to stop American companies shift,their headquarters to these island.the FBI,has to observe other countries ways of doing Business with countries laws and government different approaches,than what have The United States.

ruth
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On what planet would this NIGHTMARE ever be considered “a good life?”
Who in the HELL thinks this way?
Oh yah, the 21.3% of the American population sucking off the teet of our government.
To them, this is probably Utopia.
Way to go United Nations … you managed not only to eradicate the concept of “survival of the fittest,” you actually threw it in reverse.
Where’s another planet to live on when you need it?

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