The announcement that Google/Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs has won the pitch to Waterfront Toronto leaves me cautiously optimistic. Maybe they can make something good happen. I hope so, and they’d better get a move on. We live not far from the action and I‘m not getting any younger.
Frankly, I have no idea who is going to pay for what, or how Alphabet is going to get a juicy return on its 50 million dollar contribution to the planning process, but I am already having fun reading the 196 page, illustrated presentation.
I love these Happy Talk fantasies. As the song goes, “If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”
As you see, people of the future will evolve to become faceless, eliminating problems of privacy-invading surveillance and conveniently removing the need for controversial face-coverings.
The artist visionary foresees a new business, indicated by its sign; Community Coding. Sounds high tech, yet folksy/friendly, eh?
I see that bicycles will continue to get flat tires in the almost perfect future. Odd, too, that chalked blackboard sidewalk signs will still be in use. At least nobody has their face glued to a cellphone. Oh yeah … no faces. That’s why.
Driverless taxibots and sky-cabled gondolas will supplement relentless strolling, dog-walking and cycling. Streetcars will be ad-free and zippy water craft will cruise canals (when ice-free). Bombardier will make all of the vehicles, of course, and by this time, delivery schedules will be met routinely.