Using citizens as human sensors first requires that they be somehow connected to the ‘grid’. Then, every move, activity and thoughts are monitored, recorded, stored and analyzed. Does this sound like Nineteen Eighty-Four?
The Internet is a mess, but would a global agreement of nations have any practical benefit to citizens? It’s doubtful. There are already a myriad of anti-hacking laws in many countries, states and even cities, but hackers defy them with impunity.
Governmental organizations are using social media to further their agendas, which may or may not be benevolent toward citizens. Technocrats collect every shred of data that they can get their hands on.
Several parts of this new technology have been floating around for a couple of years, but now it has all congealed into a draconian nightmare: Your smartphone will, thanks to as many as a dozen on-board sensors, be able to ID you, just by being on your person. Thus, your identity could precede you like radar in reverse.
The UN’s New Urban Agenda is not just for cities, but for rural populations as well, all of whom will be ‘assigned’ to their nearest city-region. Sustainable Development and city planning if part and parcel of Technocracy.
U.S. Marshals are testing new personal identification procedures at airports. Iris scans are as accurate as fingerprints, but can be ‘read’ at a distance. This is done in the name of controlling immigration, but in fact it requires controlling everybody.
The three major topics of Smart Cities are infrastructure, connectivity and Internet of Things. Wherever you see or hear these words, you are touching Technocracy. Trump has already pledged to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, and he has appointed two infrastructure specialists to his cabinet: Elaine Chao as Secretary of Transportation and Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy. Both were heavily involved in the execution of George W. Bush’s North American Union scheme with Mexico and Canada.
Naturally, Paul Ehrlich of Population Bomb(1970) infamy, is at the heart of this story. Not one single prediction in his original book came true. But, that doesn’t deter a true Technocrat like Ehrlich from trying to grab headlines again. Of course, his new prediction requires urgent, urgent, urgent action to thwart the future.
The transhuman dream is to scientifically create life via genetic engineering and then apply it to themselves in hopes of achieving immortality. If it were not for their 100% funding from public sources, these scientists would be rubbing two sticks together in the woods trying to kindle a fire.
The promise of Utopia in ‘Smart Cities’ is hollow as freedom-destroying surveillance and manipulation drives the value of humanity toward zero.