Imagine it, a smart city, full of sensors and connected technology. Rules are not necessary, because the city controls itself. Garbage is collected when the bins are full, traffic lights set to give way to pedestrians – or a fast flow of cars during rush hour. Residents ask permission for an event to the rest of the residents via crowdsourcing. It may seem a bit far-fetched, but this is exactly what Sidewalks Labs, a subsidiary of Google, is going to build for $50 million in Toronto, Canada.

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Author profile picture Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.