Are Smart Cities For Citizens Or Consumers?

I’m at a conference where tech companies are showcasing their tools to make streetlights, buildings, and energy grids “smarter.”

Where are the people?

Don’t get me wrong, the show seems well attended by reps from civic government who are looking for ways to exploit big data, and there are lots of thoughtful presenters and exhibitors who’re happy to show them how.

But the whole shebang seems oddly impersonal, almost as if the cities they’re contemplating don’t have any people in them.

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