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Most of What We Need For Smart Cities Already Exists 65

An anonymous reader writes "Looking to a day when modern infrastructure is network addressable, Glen Martin considers that, lacking only requisite content and relatively simple augmentation, most of what we need for smart cities already exists: 'Using smart phones, pedestrians could "wake up" the objects by accessing codes generally used by the city to identify street items that required repair. Each bit of infrastructure would make some kind of declamatory statement — sometimes gracious and welcoming, sometimes didactic, sometimes peevish. The "interlocutor" would then respond, and a brief exchange would ensue. The object would then invite the passerby to return for more conversation.'"
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Most of What We Need For Smart Cities Already Exists

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  • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @07:57PM (#46895415) Journal
    If everything in life synchronizes for me as well as this summary, April Fool's will be a nightmarish Groundhog's Day with no Bill Murray.
  • by istartedi ( 132515 ) on Thursday May 01, 2014 @09:22PM (#46895977) Journal

    It's been noted that Bluetooth did wonders for the mentally ill--the schizophrenic talking to himself or imaginary creatures is now presumed to be using the headset on the other side of his head. This allowed them to fit in better with the rest of society.

    Now we have the possibility that you can talk to a wall or a lamp post and be regarded as perfectly sane and normal.

    It isn't really done though, until we come up with a way to interface with technology that requires screaming at the top of your lungs and urinating in random directions. Get on that right away.

"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982