Smart Cities – Big Brains or Big Brother? with guest Michael Hendrix

Smart Cities – Big Brains or Big Brother? with guest Michael Hendrix

On today’s show, we talk “smart cities” with Michael Hendrix. Formally the senior director for research at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hendrix is now the director of state and local policy at the Manhattan Institute. His writings have appeared in, among others, National Review, City Journal, and National Affairs. Hendrix will be participating in the Smart Cities and Liberty Panel hosted by the Lone Star Policy Institute in November.

What is a “smart city”? How would they work? Would they be good in terms of promoting liberty, or do they leave the potential for governments controlling more aspects of your life? The crew tackles these questions, among others, and discuss how technology can intertwine with local government to potentially streamline regulatory processes and empower citizens. As technology becomes more powerful, we have an opportunity to take advantage of the opportunities to make our lives easier in terms of how we interact together and with our local governments. However, as with any powerful tool, when put into the hands of the powerful – in this case government officials – there always lies the opportunity for it to be used to our detriment. Michael also tells us why it would be in Silicon Valley’s best interested to decentralize on its own, and suggests what conservatives should (and shouldn’t) do about the emergence of millennial and their nascent leanings toward democratic socialism.

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