Smart cities and massive data collection: Coming to a location near you?

Smart cities and massive data collection: Coming to a location near you?

[Ed. – We’re not going to like this, folks, any more than we would like a world of self-driving cars. Will you all have to suffer imprisonment and death first before you realize that mankind cannot be trusted with the lethal power such comprehensive systems would exercise?]

[B]efore long, Quayside [in Toronto] may be one of the most sensor-laden neighbourhoods in North America, thanks to Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, which has been working on a plan to redevelop the area from the ground up into a test bed for smart city technology.

It’s being imagined as the sort of place where garbage cans and recycling bins can keep track of when and how often they’re used, environmental probes can measure noise and pollution over time and cameras can collect data to model and improve the flow of cars, people, buses and bikes throughout the day.

Generally speaking, the idea is that all of this data — and the newfound insights its analysis could yield — will help cities run more efficiently and innovate at a faster pace than they do today. …

Smart cities … take data collection and analysis to a new, previously unimagined extreme. And with so many different sensors and so much data being collected and analyzed, how could anyone be expected to understand, much less consent to it all?

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