Songdo IBD Smart City

Songdo International Business District is a planned "smart city near Seoul, South Korea. The city is equipped with a variety of advanced sensors and monitors from Cisco Systems.

The multitasking computer systems are able to turn off and turn on, stop and start, open and close everything in town, from your kitchen toaster to the home video cameras that show your children at play.


(Songdo International Business District)

Songdo International Business District is a compelling aerotropolis strategically located just over 7 miles from Incheon International Airport. Just a 15-minute drive across the new Incheon Grand Bridge, the Incheon International Airport is a gateway to more than 1/3 of the world's population in just 3 hours flying time...

With a commitment to sustainable design principles and the best practices of urban planning, Gale International and its partners have realized their vision for a new international city. The master plan calls for a synergistic mix of uses for Songdo IBD, from architecturally advanced office and convention space to world-class hotels. Songdo IBD is also home to a variety of residential and retail developments, offering a range of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, as well as public and private schools and state-of-the-art health care facilities.

Science fiction writers have long imagined smart, mechanized cities. For example, in his 1934 story Twilight, John W. Campbell writes about a machine city:

The city was divided into two sections, a section of many strata where machines functioned smoothly, save for a deep humming beat that echoed through the whole city like a vast unending song of power. Seven or even seventy million years don't mean much to old Mother Earth. She may even succeed in wearing down those marvelous machine cities...

Some sfnal cities are designed to protect the inhabitants, even a million years after they have all gone. city of Lemnos in The Man in the Maze, a 1969 novel by Robert Silverberg. The city was surrounded by traps that were run by the city itself. At first visitors tried to find a way through with probes:

At the beginning of the fourth minute the probe skirted bright rillwork like interlocking teeth, and sidestepped an umbrella-shaped piledriver that descended with crushing force. Eighty seconds later it stepped around a tiltblock that opened into a yawning abyss, deftly eluded a quintet of tetrahedral blades that sheared upward out of the pavement...

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