Alphabet, the parent company of Google, is going to be building a city that will be completely data-driven. We see the world around us moving in this direction, but the reality is here. This recent article from The Guardian outlines what this future will mean for similar projects moving forward, both the good and the bad.
As smart cities become our new way of living, it opens the door for challenges of control between governments, technology corporations and the people living within.
It is going to take strong voices and thought leaders - with all three parties in mind - to ensure people still have the rights to their data and are able to decide which smart technologies they want to live with. At the same time, continued support of the companies offering these new worlds is needed in order for growth to take place.
As this future plays out, it will be interesting to see who will step up to the plate to help solidify the future we will be living in - and, make sure it is best for all.
But if the Toronto development goes as planned, it will be one of the largest examples of a smart city project in North America. That is: a place built around data-driven, (semi-)automated, networked technologies.