if IBM had ever bothered to actually possess a physical country

20:39 | 19-01-2011 | Economics, Lifeform, Politics, Technology | 4 Comments

говоря же о городах, процесс развития и в самом деле теперь уже не остановить:

<...> cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built. This new world is not — and will not be — one global village, so much as a network of different ones.

как тысячу лет назад, в период зарождения межнациональных экономических отношений, так и сейчас глобализация уверенно помогает городам не только выбраться из-под опеки государства, но и, наоборот, заниять лидирующие позиции:

Now as then, cities are the real magnets of economies, the innovators of politics, and, increasingly, the drivers of diplomacy. Those that aren’t capitals act like they are. Foreign policy seems to take place even among cities within the same country, whether it’s New York and Washington feuding over financial regulation or Dubai and Abu Dhabi vying for leadership of the United Arab Emirates. This new world of cities won’t obey the same rules as the old compact of nations; they will write their own opportunistic codes of conduct, animated by the need for efficiency, connectivity, and security above all else.


Look for them to use sovereign wealth funds to acquire the latest technology from the West, buy up tracts of agricultural land in Africa to grow their food, and protect their investments through private armies and intelligence services.

так стираются национальные границы, так исчезают за горизонтом ненужные больше далекие географии — все на месте и все сразу. и как можно больше:

Look at a satellite image of the Earth at night: It will reveal the shimmering lights of cities flickering below, but also an ominous pattern. Cities are spreading like a cancer on the planet’s body. Zoom in and you can see good cells and bad cells at war for control.

чистый Мурашовник, не иначе. и недалек тот день, когда вместе они установят новые правила:

Taken together, the advent of global hubs and megacities forces us to rethink whether state sovereignty or economic might is the new prerequisite for participating in global diplomacy.


Many will try to emulate Hong Kong, which though once again a Chinese city rather than a British protectorate, still largely defines itself through its differences with the mainland. What if all China’s supercities start acting that way? Or what if other areas of the country begin to demand the same privileges as Dalian, the northeastern tech center that has become among China’s most liberal enclaves? Will Beijing really run China then?

потому что этот рост не остановить (да и надо ли?):

The estimated 300 new cities that China alone has planned are a huge market opportunity for green developers like Gale International, which leads the Songdo project, to deploy ecofriendly city plans.


Cities are where we are most actively experimenting with efforts to save the planet from ourselves.

ровно об этом же пишет Гибсон в свежем отчете из Сингапура:

Because Singapore is one happening place, biz-wise. I mean, the future here is so bright…. What other country is preparing to clone itself, calving like some high-tech socioeconomic iceberg? Yes, here it is, the first modern city-state to fully take advantage of the concept of franchise operations Mini-Singapores! Many!

тоже хороший.


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