THEY WILL BE WATCHING YOU
Google’s Smart City in Toronto by Alex Koyfman Nov 08, 2020
On May 7, 2020, Google announced that its subsidiary, Sidewalk Labs, would no longer be pursuing its smart city in Quayside outside of Toronto at least for the present. It had been intended as a 12-acre pilot project. The plan was to test, optimize, expand to neighboring communities, and, ultimately, transform Toronto into the benchmark for smart city design into the second half of the 21st century. Featuring driverless car fleets and highly optimized city planning to minimize travel needs for its inhabitants, the Toronto smart city concept would be able to deliver highly competitive residential pricing (over 40% of the planned units were below average market price) but do so with an astonishing 89% carbon footprint reduction.
One of the brilliant, though somewhat surprising, solutions: high-rise residential buildings built on computer-designed wooden frames. More than just a technological marvel, Google and the Canadian government planned to make Quayside a social experiment as well. The below-market pricing for properties in prime locations was touted by Sidewalk Labs on its own website as a means to create a more socioeconomically and demographically “inclusive” community. The reality is Google and the other tech giants involved in smart city design — Tesla, Cisco, Siemens, Microsoft, and more than a hundred others — have a more practical reason to make sure that the world population centers go through the same modernizations envisioned for Canada’s biggest city. .It is not out of the goodness of their hearts.
For smart cities to be truly smart, for them to adapt and respond to everything that happens on the surface to ensure efficient operation at all times, each building, each street, and every moving part all the way down to individual inhabitants will need to be monitored at all times. You think the passive surveillance that devices like Amazon Alexa or the smartphone in your pocket (or in your hand at this very moment) are intrusive? Imagine living in a place where you’re consenting to constant tracking by every means of data collection available, from video cameras to GPS to audio, from morning till night?
Jim Balsillie, the founder of BlackBerry, referred to the project as “a colonizing experiment in surveillance capitalism.” And that’s exactly what it is, brought to you by a trillion-dollar tech giant, built upon the very principle of observing its users and serving them advertising based on those observations. If the idea takes off globally, Google and the rest of the big tech will have the most intimate, most continuous stream of information on its most active users.
Sounds a bit scary, right? Maybe even a little bit dystopian?
It’s been called both, and the concept has plenty of people on edge, but this high-tech highly ordered society is coming to a city center near you — whether you like it or not.
It’s happening all over the world, from the Far East to the Middle East to Europe and all across the Americas.
“Also, it (Second Beast/False Prophet) causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666.” Revelation 12:16-18
“If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.” Revelation 14:9-10