jamesteohart: How Cities Lost Control of the Smart City Revolution to Corporations

23/02/2020 - 00:57

The term “smart city” may conjure up images of a shining urban landscape with glowing highways and holographic billboards. But in reality, we are already deeply entrenched in an urban technological revolution: Traffic patterns are determined by an app’s algorithm made in California and businesses increasingly turn to data companies such as Google as virtual hubs for their companies. Even before the big companies stepped up their game, local governments were paving the way for the new smart cities. However, somewhere along the line cities lost control as the private sector took the driver’s seat.