Who will really benefit from the coming smart-city revolution?
Michael Malorny/Getty By Paul Marks Have you ever felt like you are destined to become a supplicant whose chief purpose is to be sensed electronically, generate data and have it processed by intelligent machines for somebody else’s benefit? If not, you are probably lucky enough to have been spared the hype of the smart-city lobby. Not for long though. That hype is hitting fever pitch. An investment group, backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, just pledged $80 million to kick-start Belmont, an 80,000-home smart city near Phoenix, Arizona,