Laying The Foundation for Smart Cities

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The world is heading towards a “smart” future.
The promise of universal access to health care, education and sustainability all through a smartphone seems at a glance a socialist utopia in which solutions to many of the world’s current problems can be resolved with just a few swipes and taps.
But this brave new world is being developed in capitalist societies by profit-seeking companies.
So will the smart city be based on a capitalist or socialist economic structure? Will the cost of these services be within the reach of each citizen? Will they require a monthly fee or will it be on a pay-by-use basis? Or will the current monthly mobile data plan suffice? Or perhaps, as free city wi-fi plans begin to take hold, will all of these services be free?

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