I was invited by Turi Munthe and Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi to participate in an intriguing panel at the Global Art Forum 9, in Dubai, on Smart Cities.
Ayssar Arida, Amar Bakshi and Noah Radford in conversation with Parag Khanna: HSBC's airport ads tell us: "In the future, we will be planting cities." Indeed, we already are. Dubai has declared its ambition to be the world's smartest city by 2020. Other "smart cities" are sprouting up from Masdar to South Korea's Songdo. Should more cities be smart -- in the sense of efficient and sustainable -- or are they already too smart surveillance states that homogenize society? What is the balance between culture and technology in this new global form?