Free Markets, Free People, Free Lunches
I’m surprised no one has suggested setting up a mesh WiFi covering Baghdad. Such a mesh could track everyone via active RFID. Motion triggered survellance cameras could detect people moving by that lack RFIDs and alert appropriate authorities. A huge geodatabase would know who was where and at what times. Crime would diminish, peace would ensue, property values would skyrocket.
Tele-atlas has opened an office in Singapore, a very safe city. I bet they start tracking people with RFID, some day billing the parents of kids who joy-ride the elevators. They’ll have a 3D model after all.
Speaking of Singapore, I wonder when they’ll expand their electronic road pricing to charge people based on their use of other public spaces, and not just roads. Or maybe just charge visitors passing through. Disneyland could prototype the system – they’re already tracking kids. Maybe they could pursue a defense contract making Baghdad into a theme park based on the animated movie Aladdin.
I guess spatial access codesharing between cities will evolve the same way as it has with airlines. Citizens of certain cities will be forgiven their trespasses as their hometown forgives the trespasses of visitors from other codesharing cities.
I read about an all-you-can-eat buffet in Japan. The food is free – but you have to pay based on how long you are inside the restaurant.