Poetry

The city algorithm

This image is a computer-generated projection of a standard 2040 global city of eight million citizens. 

It is based on an Amaz-Apple-Fox-Sony mainframe supporting a Google/Westfield App platform. The decision-making algorithm used to design the City is the result of aggregating the democratic behavioural records of old Government Hansards, minutes of all known Council meetings, Tribunal findings, civil and criminal legal records, and notes from school parents nights since the year of Facebook 2004.

All the above inputs are now obsolete and have been replaced by the All-Purpose Self-Installing City Control Algorithm, the APSICCA

It has been a painstaking task and not without setbacks.

The fact that the only outcome at first was ‘data’, plus a complete absence of ‘values’, caused a couple of years of scepticism. It took the neuro-biology world to solve the problem.

3D printing of synaptic pathways was finally perfected. This enabled a Google/Fox Bio group to amalgamate the Midsomer Murders scripts, a random set of Booker prize novels, the complete Shakespeare, Beethoven’s Third and all ABC TV panel shows, into a single
‘Neuro-Wellness’ algorithm. This continually updates the ‘data’ algorithm. It self-feeds ‘soul’ into the City program.

In this way all the pure City ‘data’ decisions are referenced by an artificial neuronal ‘Value’ input. Singularity has been achieved. Time will tell whether this symbiosis is stable.

Hacking by various groups like the anti-Frontal Lobe Insert Committee and the Old Pro-Democracy Browsers Club regularly crash the system, incurring activation of the auto-Anti Hack Demerit Facility. There is also a tendency to Fusion Down-Time when the Helpline site is overloaded.

But regular showing, on all devices, of pre-Algorithm ‘Agile’ and ‘Nimble’ ‘Growth’ Cities archival material, quickly restores the capacity to laugh, and belief in the APSICCA.

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