Recent news: An international technology company plans to develop and operate a massive technology testing and evaluation centre in New Mexico.
The state Economic Development Department announced Tuesday that Pegasus Global Holdings is conducting a study on the best New Mexico location for its facility, to be called The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation. It will require as much as 20 square miles of open, unimproved land and will resemble a mid-sized American city, including urban canyons, suburban neighbourhoods, rural communities and distant localities [...] The projected opening date is 2014.
The centre will be designed to represent a mix of old and new infrastructure found in most modern U.S. cities, according to a news release, and will replicate the challenges of upgrading existing infrastructure to that of the 21st-century “smart city,” operating within a green economy.
The project will derive its revenue from access charges, user fees and the sale of excess utility output, such as power generation, water treatment and wireless infrastructure, according to the company’s website. No permanent population will reside within the center’s boundaries, according to company officials.
I guess this sort of experiment is important in finding the technology that has potential.
From my point of view though, this approach removes exactly what is interesting: people, society and organisations. Wouldn’t you think this approach would make it too easy to generate utopian solutions which will only get messed up by real people and real behaviours?
This article reminded me of this mock town[*] (or something similar to it) built by the Israeli army which the USA military used before the Iraq invasion… They learned all the wrong lessons about how to do military occupation. To put it mildly.
[*] Here’s the same thing treated as an art object.