Bruce Sterling’s scathing editorial in The Atlantic on the future of “Smart Cities” uses London’s many smart city initiatives as a kind of measuring stick for the janky and dysfunctional future of civic automation: a city that throws great smart city conferences while its actual infrastructure is a mess of “empty skyscrapers, creepy CCTV videocams, and sewers plugged with animal fat” that require decades of planning an attention to cope with — significantly beyond the attention spans of any of the tech giants vying to be the smart city providers of the future.
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from Boing Boing https://boingboing.net/2018/02/14/gnu-urbanism.html

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