The National Digest

Google’s Smart-City Plans ‘Tech for Tech’s Sake’

Google’s Sidewalk Labs’s plans to build a smart city “from the internet up” in a disused waterfront area of Toronto contain too much “tech for tech’s sake”, an independent panel has said.

It also accused the company of being too vague about what it planned to do.

Some of the planned innovations were “irrelevant or unnecessary”, it added, and did not seem to put citizens first.

Sidewalk Labs has said it has consulted thousands of Torontonians and they are at the core of its development plans.

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