The future, or so some would have you believe, will be lived in places that track your bin collections, when you leave the house, when you turn on the heating and where you buy your milk.
“Smart cities”, rigged with sensors that track residents’ routines, are sold as the answer to everything from congestion and poor air quality to high utility bills. But they are also fraught with problems.
It sounds futuristic, but it is already a reality in the UK. Two years ago, councils in Devon announced plans to install lampposts that would track traffic flows.
In June, Cisco announced that Mosley Street in Newcastle would become “the UK’s smartest street”, with sensors installed on lampposts and bins to…
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