A thought-provoking\u00a0wake-up call by Bruce Sterling at the 10th international FAB LAB conference and FAB Festival Barcelona, 2-8 July 2014.Here are some key\u00a0quotes from his talk:\u201cAnd there\u2019s like open source guys down at the bottom doing all the heavy lifting. And then there\u2019s like platform guys like self guys and the rich guys are up in the right-hand corner and they\u2019re like super rich. And they\u2019re like super rich powerful guys that can help you.\u201d\u201cWhere\u2019s the money coming from? Holy macro! Look at those Arab sovereign wealth funds! Yeah! This is like Dubai cultural imperialism on a smart city platform. Look at them: Google, Citibank, airBnB. You wouldn\u2019t think they would all be in the same packet, but they are. They are! They\u2019re all in the same boat together.\u201d\u201cExcept that none of them likes standard capitalist property relations. And everyone on this finds some method to hack, rangel or disrupt and come up with new products and new ways to do things that just don\u2019t depend on the standard patents, lawsuits, trolls etc\u2026 Coming up with various kinds of workarounds again oozen up like Blackwater.\u201d\u201cWhat does a taxi strike look like when Uber carries it out? Because if Uber takes over your town, they will have all the power that these taxi driver have. And more. And if they wanna paralyze your city, you\u2019re much worse off than if you\u2019re facing a communist taxi union. Because they\u2019re global and they have 17 billion dollars. Not like these immigrants with their pathetic little taxi licensed tabs. What are the political implications? And you\u2019ve actually sold off control over your streets. You\u2019ve off-shored it to Silicon Valley.\u201dWhat happens when states are disrupted by sanctuarized online Silicon Valley billion dollars corporations? Is the transnational privatization of normally state owned\/operated functions generating real values for citizens, suddenly becoming only consumers? The comparison between the sharing economy and the smart city ideology with Blackwater is particularly relevant. It draws a parallel where a normally restricted, legislated state-only activity, bound to precise rules while remaining accountable for its action, becomes privatized and operating on a global gray area dictated by a market and revenue only reality.You may also enjoy Bruce\u2019s Sterling\u2019s vision of the future city from a 2013 BBC article and \u201cColonising the Clouds \u2013 Infrastructure Territory and The Geopolitics of The Stacks\u201c.***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.