2021-10-05 | News | By Marccuz | email@example.com | Español
“Smart cities” are those that connect and communicate with their inhabitants through highly efficient infrastructure and the automated use of technology. The entire operation of the city is based on information.
The main proposal is the automated mobility of vehicles and the strengthening of public transport systems.
It can also include the provision of services such as water, energy, waste management. They are places where information and automation allow sustainable and efficient development.
However, it should be mentioned that it also includes systems for the surveillance of the population, under the argument of improving security. In this way we have a central authority that controls everything and this we will call “Authoritarian Smart City” or “Centralized Smart City”.
There is a second trend that manifests itself from non-centralized financial systems based on Blockchain that we will call “Blockchain Cities”. It is a phenomenon that can be seen from the consolidation of companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and especially the Bitcoin P2P network.
In essence they are the same as smart cities but the difference is that they work without any central authority. In these types of cities, citizen participation is more active.
Citizens are in charge of providing services in Blockchain Cities. The government is only one part of the system to prevent corruption.
In these types of cities, any person, university or company can implement layers to the system to improve the functions of the city or serve sectors that are not served. Multiple networks are deployed and interconnected. In this way, initiatives can be implemented more quickly and also projects that evolve with some independence. The exchange of information flows faster, in a much more transparent and reliable way.
Blockchain Cities are based on agreements (even smart contracts) that oblige the different actors (companies, people and governments) to manage themselves properly or else they can be disconnected from the system.
Liberal movements through the centuries have separated religion from the state, the functions of companies and governments have also separated, we finally see how money controlled by citizens has emerged and now it is time to diversify control of cities. Information is power and if we allow citizens to share that power, then we will have more inclusive, participatory and truly smart cities.