Dystopia x Complex Systems
The Pentagon, along with savvy strategic thinkers from RAND Corp and The London School of Economics, cautions against “Megacities” and the secular trend of global urbanization.
The year is 2049 and urban sprawl is inescapable. Forget about hovercars, cozy habitats, and The Hyperloop. They’re not happening. According to an eye-popping Pentagon white paper, the future of global cities will be an ominous amalgam of “Escape from New York”, “Robocop” and “Blade Runner” — with a dollop of “Dark City” and a smidgen of “Elysium.” It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes and post modern strife — nasty, brutal and anarchic super cities teeming with youthful ruffians, an angsty underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. “Living habitats will extend from the high rise to the ground-level cottage to subterranean labyrinths each defined by its own social code and rule of law.” At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” which the Pentagon’s strategic thinkers have been taking very seriously. “The future urban environment will be the locus where the drivers of instability will converge…it will pose strategic and tactical challenges by nurturing non-state actors and illicit networks.” Below is the video, courtesy of our pals over at The Intercept, that predicts the iffy future of our global megapoleis. Just some fun weekend brain fodder. Also, a few excellent sources from researchers at The London School of Economics, McKinsey and RAND.