Instrumented Interconnecteds Intelligent
June, 15th 2009

A city is more than just a collection of buildings, streets, parks, and people, and the many different entities engaged in many different trades. It’s a living environment of different cultures, peoples, ideas and systems that are interdependent yet all determine and shape the other’s identity.

Take a closer look at any large city today and you’ll find another city pulsating within it, made up of interconnected systems of many different functions and activities. Often invisible, and taken for granted, these incredible systems that undergird a city stretch beyond roads, utilities, and water supplies to give us the means to move around, maintain our environment, keep our streets safe, educate our children, and generate new ideas.

And if we want to build a smarter planet – where a new level of intelligence is being infused into the systems and technologies that make everything work — there may be no better place to start than in our cities.

This video, The Tale of a Smarter City, helps to explain what it is about our cities that makes them a natural starting point for this work and these conversations.

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Posted by: Magdalene Cirella
July 2, 2009
8:45 am

Just because you can do a thing dosen’t make it desirable. Do you or ANY of your readers know what ECHELON is? That it has over 700 listening monitors in all walks of life? Ever heard of the Cray 5 quantum supercomputer linked to 850 sailites , or that these can read a stamp from beyond the highest orbit? You have no idea the the level of evil your taking on, as evidenced by the nature of this video. There is nothing smart about giving your life over to those who would either take your life or control it. If they control it, you will spend eternity wishing you knew better. Never take the vchip. This is the mark of the beast.

Posted by: david
June 24, 2009
8:51 am

The “Tale Of A Smarter City” video is absolutly great and a very good explanation all about the issue. A very good starting point into the discussion. Congratulations!!!

Posted by: Hans-Dieter Huober
June 24, 2009
2:53 am

This is a horrendous piece of propaganda. We can forgive the water-colors. We can overlook the obvious fascist references. Heck, we can even pretend money, racism, profit mongering and social descent don’t exist. But come on, During the holocaust, IBM’s New York headquarters and CEO Thomas J. Watson acted through its overseas subsidiaries to provide the Third Reich with punch card machines that could help the Nazis track down the European Jewry (especially in newly conquered territory).

Posted by: Jaques Ambivowac
June 23, 2009
7:37 am

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Posted by: raviseo
June 22, 2009
9:50 pm

Mmm. Love it. Love the watercolor. Thought, who did this? What’s their agenda?Ah! IBM. That’s OK. Maybe it’s better they didn’t disclose up front.

A missing element I see is the role of e-commerce. We don’t have to just move people around, but goods and services via e-commerce.

I am seeing the embedded chip-software they are talking about in, e.g., “intelligent transportation systems” (ITS).

I’m sure all this will continue to evolve.

Posted by: Kimberly Davis
June 21, 2009
7:37 am

Wow! this is scary… Hail Technology and modernisation?! no thanks… a single version of reality? not my style…
This video is about techno-fascist tendencies, period!
unsurprisingly, brought to you by IBM…

Posted by: ays
June 20, 2009
4:32 pm

Nice artwork, watercolors are soothing to watch.

Posted by: Nestor
June 20, 2009
6:41 am

This video is more than slightly humorous. It uses the words “smarter” and “more intelligent” as bland buzz words. It talks about new systems being implemented without giving any details about the complexities of such systems e.g. the software being used by hospitals, or more specifically, the “dynamic system” being used by police forces. It then goes on to make sweeping generalizations about how these new systems could revolutionize other fields, but without any knowledge of how the systems operate, these claims are totally unsubstantiated.

There doesn’t even seem to be a conlcusion drawn from the video, no dilemma presented, nothing. Just kind of “yup aren’t we smart?” What exactly was the point here other than trying to sound smart? It’s the equivalent of a nine eleven conspiracy video, but instead of being about how we are all doomed, it’s about how we’re all saved.

Posted by: hijidex
June 20, 2009
2:32 am

:Because of the way the film is introduced, I thought the smarter city would be one that has become more socially sophisticated, where people learn to communicate, develop trust, collaborate, share, create and play together, but this video focuses on technologies. While these are helpful they will not get us through the crisis of global warming and peak oil by themselves.

The drawings are fine.”

This video is kind of on point, but I thought it would be more philosophical… We are definately at a pinnacle of human evolution in which technology will shift us from competition to collaboration that will be necessary for us to survive. Honestly, if that illuminati type shit is real, it seems most likely that this shift due to the evolution of technology and therefore human ideas and instutitions is what they are planning for. Well, actually fuck “illuminati” more like Bilderberg and shit like that. lol idk. But it seems to me that there is definately some kind of change in the world that is happening very rapidly that is driven by technology and I think we are on the verge of an intellectual revolution. And, personally (not to offend anyone, this is just my opinion), I think with this will come the end of orthodox religion. There will be a return to metaphysical thinking in place of religion, like the basics of the Eastern “mystic religions”, but more based on philosophy and science. I kind of think we are seeing the end of a cycle of evolution of conciousness within the universe or something. Haha, maybe I’ve been reading too much conspiracy and 2012 New Age and like Hindu/Buddhism stuff haha. Or just smoking too much kush. LOL idk I just hope people start looking at the big picture more as the world kinda globalizes, so that we don’t have some effed up 1984 situation and we can actually solve problems and work together rather than divide into a society of universal enslavement like in dystopia novels. It seems like those are the two ways we can go at this point. Either we all take more action to settle the differences that divide us, or well all kill or enslave each other with our new inventions. I mean IDK, but thats my guess haha.

Posted by: matt
June 20, 2009
1:49 am

The Capitol of New Mexico is Santa Fe NOT Albuquerque! Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and approximately 45 minutes South of the Santa Fe.

Posted by: Gabe
June 19, 2009
8:35 pm

I thought this sounded interesting, but it’s just a load of good sounding words and fancy city name-dropping that doesn’t really say anything at all other than “omg there are technologies and we should like so use them!”

It’s all just getting there anyway, we don’t need a “revolutionary” yet remarkably vague video to get there.

Posted by: Dave
June 19, 2009
10:32 am

I think that we are a lot (quite a lot) smater that you think. Just another way to controll our lives.

Posted by: Pat
June 19, 2009
5:27 am

Thanks Bucky, at last someone with good understanding of what’s happening novadays in Babilon. The tower grew so high that is going to fall, I can clearly see crack in cement fundament. So the tower is going to fall. Please take a look on average suburb in London, Dublin or on US nasty cities. Multiculture ommunities are unstable, education is helpless and uneffective.
This shit about motion sensors on every street frightens me.
Hey Bucky! Another good book: ‘Homeworld’ of Harry Harrison.
I’m going to earn few pennies for my clay house and I’m going back to my village…
I’ve seen enough…
Jesus! On which world this guy is living? I also suggest his to smoke some dope and take good lecture to read insead of artistic activity…

Posted by: Jakub Tymowski
June 18, 2009
9:47 pm

Sounds like H.A.L. from 2001 is going to be the real Big Brother from 1984 (or V for Vendetta); not the Vatican or Illuminati.

Spiderman’s Uncle was right, ‘with great power comes great responsibility.’ Plus, if this technology gets too smart, we’ll have the whole Terminator problem, which will eventually lead to a Matrix situation.

Or maybe, as Pi suggests (to me), the Matrix is already at work (numbers = computers, no one knows how to do math on their own anymore).

We need hope, which is Bob Marley (he knows about Zion). Listen to him – smoke a fat one, SHARE IT (Sharing is THE Most Important part of life) – and all the problems will disappear.

Posted by: Bucky
June 17, 2009
11:29 pm

How about a city where people don’t travel so much? Ever look at all the buildings you pass, on your way to some particular building? Why are all those buildings in between your house and the place you are going?

Posted by: Dav Frayne
June 17, 2009
8:58 pm

Mike, you raise a good point. One we unintentionally overlook. That smarter cities would in fact be ones where interpersonal connections and systems of communication and collaboration between them are accounted for. Really, the technology ultimately doesn’t pan out if the societal and cultural inhibitors behind it don’t get solved. Thanks for the reminder…

Posted by: Adam Christensen
June 17, 2009
7:43 pm

Because of the way the film is introduced, I thought the smarter city would be one that has become more socially sophisticated, where people learn to communicate, develop trust, collaborate, share, create and play together, but this video focuses on technologies. While these are helpful they will not get us through the crisis of global warming and peak oil by themselves.

The drawings are fine.

Posted by: Mike O'Brien
June 17, 2009
8:17 am

As long as every move we make is financed by vulture capitalists running corrupt and inhuman corporations, nothing like this fabulous socialist and humanist dream will be possible! This is contrary to the corporation formulation laws and vulture capitalists “American Dream” and the Uber-rich and their corporate power web have fought this kind of progressive thought with gun sales, alcohol sales, zoning, civil construction requirements, local politics, construction company influence peddling and lobbying, corrupt municipal leaders, elected by land-owner money,and police forces who’s first goal is making money! Elitist, idealist, and altruistic, and simply not financeable – In America everything runs on ROI! Believe it! Cash talks , and money makes thing happen, at the crass, crude level with the fastest ROI every time! I loved this interlude into dreamland for its moment of hope it gave me and the pleasant notion that heaven is possible, but not here in the cash driven dope infested prostitute and STD saturated U.S.A., We rape and pillage the world for oil, even sacrificing our young in battlefields just to drive V-8 cars and be “Free” from socialism like this, however great it sounds. America is destined to become a Third World country with chained, armed guarded and walled estates for the uber-rich and tent cities and Shanty towns, ‘Hoovervilles’ of poverty, despair and occasional labor for the larger population, even the unions have been busted and castigated as the cause of the poor folks problems, and against propaganda that can spread lies like that, we have no defense, we are now serf and slaves before the mighty of our land, back to the mess we emigrated from and back under the control of the same regimes, in only two hundred years! Cities will become playgrounds for the Princes of the world, where they will taste the flesh of our prettiest daughters,hopeful that we too can join the ‘royal family’, They will be served hand and foot by our wives. We will toil with broken tools to give them great structures in their honor, which they will name after their favorite sons. Remember, this is a very human pattern, someone had to build the pyramids, not fanciful idealistic dreamlands shared by all and it was us!

Posted by: Uncle B
June 17, 2009
7:31 am

Has anyone ever given thought to why traffic congestion happens at the same times each day? Perhaps we should look at reducing the congestion by establishing 4 different start and stop times a day for businesses and schools to open and close their doors. In such a way that any one shift allows parents to drop off and pick up their kids from school. This way we could reduce the number of drivers trying to use the roads at the same time.

Posted by: Linux_jedi
June 17, 2009
7:19 am

The pictures in this do not cover up the poor quality of the commentary. Highly unsatifactory

Posted by: Bob thornton
June 17, 2009
1:06 am

You’re right, cities do have another city within them, but trying to explain it is like trying to understand how individual ants can form a colony with its own ‘mind’, or how individual brain cells can form a consciousness.

On the other hand, I’m pretty sure this is the area which will furthest advance human civilisation. If the ‘rules’ for the ‘inner city’ were known, the human population as a whole would be as far ahead of individual humans as a brain is ahead of individual cells.

Posted by: happysmoker
June 16, 2009
11:36 pm

Greg, the good intentions by themselves are interesting in this age of cynicism. Perhaps more important though is evolution of consciousness this piece describes. Though we not yet have the “verifiable facts” you seek, we have verifiable problems needing creative solutions. My congratulations and thanks to those who created this insightful, hopeful piece.

Posted by: s. goldsmith
June 16, 2009
2:54 pm

This has certainly been written with good intentions, but it spouts way, way too many abstract claims and doesn’t have enough verifiable fact to make it interesting.

Posted by: Greg
June 16, 2009
11:43 am

Peter – excellent point. And true – traffic and transit patterns are intrinsically linked. So it’s about integrating traffic patterns WITH transit patterns. Together, it forms a holistic system – how people and things move from place to place. It needs to be treated as such. The interconnectedness of the system is where the real insights are. If we can find ways to capture data around all of that interconnectedness, we can analyze it and build systems (and processes around systems) to manage the entire system better. Great point…

Posted by: Adam Christensen
June 16, 2009
1:29 am

why just the flow of traffic? why not the flow of transit?

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