January 17, 2018
Constant surveillance may sound like an Orwellian vision of the future, but it could become reality in a ‘smart city’ district being planned by Google’s parent company.
Alphabet is turning a disused area of Toronto’s waterfront into the first of its high tech neighbourhoods, as a pilot project for bigger things to come.
Everything from rubbish bins to traffic lights could be equipped with hardware designed to gather data and monitor changing conditions in the area.
If successful, the scheme could one day lead to entire cities where citizens every move is scrutinised by technology.
The plans, being developed at Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs, will start with the construction of an area called Quayside, located just southeast of Downtown Toronto.
Technology tested in this first stage will then be brought in across the Eastern Waterfront in an area known as Port Lands, one of North America’s largest areas of underdeveloped urban land at more than 325 hectares (800 acres).
This article was posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 9:35 am