“No matter how much rhetoric about progress and benefits to society is deployed in the promotion of [the Smart City] concept, it has the potential to develop into a dystopic future. Prison cities, which instead of guards, use cameras and microphones, hooked to AI algorithms counting social credit scores; characterised by geofencing – limits on movement and/or area where a person can buy products and services, possibly loss of bodily autonomy.” – Wikispooks
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A smart city is a technologically modern urban area that uses different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect specific data. Information gained from that data is used to manage assets, resources and services efficiently; in return, that data is used to improve operations across the city. 
No matter how much rhetoric about progress and benefits to society is deployed in the promotion of this concept, it has the potential to develop into a dystopic future. Prison cities, which instead of guards, use cameras and microphones, hooked to AI algorithms counting social credit scores; characterised by geofencing – limits on movement and/or area where a person can buy products and services, possibly loss of bodily autonomy (i.e., a say in your own health decisions).
The 15/20-minute neighbourhood as a concept has all necessary amenities supposed to be within 15/20 travel: hospitals, schools, work, shops, etc. – The problem is an inhabitant cannot move/interact with the infrastructure beyond that 15/20 min radius. The doors would not open, machines will not give out food. It is to stop too much travelling and lowering carbon footprint to help fight with climate change.
The microphones and cameras are to record inhabitants for the purposes of control and social credit score. Allegedly to improve services and safety. Will enable points being awarded and fines for things like walking on a red light, etc.
Fourth Industrial Revolution
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is closely connected to the concept of the smart city, with which a high number of jobs will be cut due to robotisation.
The whole program ties in with how Greta Thunberg, as a representative of “civil society”, wasgiven lots of attention at the 2019 and 2020 WEF summits, at which she stated that “our house is on fire”, calling for “urgent action, stressing the need for ‘real zero’ emissions.”
Several “stakeholders” have pronounced to the WEF how they envisaged a Great Reset:
Microsoft’s Brad Smith stated, “As people return to work, we can continue to expect digital technology and data to fundamentally be the infrastructure for this decade and for the Great Reset.” He further stated that (an unspecified) ‘we’ need to sustain people’s (‘their’) trust. “This means protecting their privacy, their security, and ensuring that new technologies, especially artificial intelligence are deployed responsibly around the world.”
Kristalina Georgieva from the IMF stated that “The digital economy is the big winner of this crisis,” and suggested “public and private investments for low-carbon industries, bizarrely stating – this from the institution that has done most to deepen world inequality -that she wants a “fairer” society.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated, “We build must equal, inclusive, sustainable societies, that are more resilient in the face of pandemics and climate change”.
Ajay Singh from MasterCard wanted to “bring the private sector to the party”, but where one needed enormous trust between the private and public sector for this to actually work”.
Saadia Zahidi, Head of the New Economy and Society at the World Economic Forum opined “Businesses have an opportunity to affect change in not just their own workforces, the communities that they represent, but through their advertising, through their products, they have the power to change society”. He also envisages “a completely different approach to the content and delivery of education,” an “education 4.0”
Geraldine Matchett, CFO at Royal DSM, sees the crisis as a great equaliser between the sexes in terms of constraints. She wants to reinvent the workplace, “where the 9-5 or 9-10” [sic] depending on the kind of job, “is gone”.
An article in The Hill from June 2020 mentions:
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