You liked your iPhone. You liked that it had a gyroscope and a GPS chip. So you took the data these two components spit out and built a digital level and a navigation system app. You liked that the iPhone let you communicate. So you built FourSquare and Facebook and Twitter using the data your friends streamed out at you (well, you didn’t–a visionary genius who’s now a billionaire did).
Seoul is the next global class city that will do the same with living data.
Effective immediately, Seoul Korea (Daegu is close behind) is switching over to becoming an “Open Data City.” See health20.kr/2709 by @hiconcep. This means that you’ll be able to know how much money is flowing into which school district, municipal park, freeway lane expansion, clean up project, on and on. If you’re not seeing the implications, don’t feel bad. Only guys like the Zuck had enough foresight to build Facebook to structure the tiny constricted pipe of data he had to play with called dial-up.
Seoul Korea (Via Printing) May Be the First Major Metropolitan In the World With Open Data
App Developers Will Be The Next Civic Hero
If you have the foresight to develop an app that successfully makes the data soon-to-come-out of city hall useful to the the masses, you’d be the next Zuck or at least the Mayor your own city. Seriously. Back in the 60 and 80’s (before the internet) if you had a sliver of the UHF and VHF radio band, you could be president of the United States (or at least Governator or California).
In the near future, mayor, congressman, governor, and even president will go to whom ever makes life data useful. Aside, If you’re considering getting married in Seoul’s Gangnam district, the glamour photographers and wedding planners are very different.
Apps Won’t Just Tell You About Traffic and Safety, They Will Regulate It
Have you ever been to a huge indoor in the middle of summer and sweat profusely for 40 minutes before the AC finally registered? Or maybe you went to a major seafood restaurant bringing along your entire department staff promising to buy everyone the Chilean Sea Bass as a reward for all there hard work in winning that big account to be told they just ran out. It could also be that you moved into a new part of town closer to work because you were told that it’s the safest part of town to find out that you can’t watch TV after 8pm because the demographic of that town was 72% octogenarian.
Imagine a Kickstarter, Not for Gadgets, But for Buildings
Well, with open data cities like the soon to be Seoul, you won’t have these problems. If you give a future app permission to track your gps and time or just slurp up your 4sq feed, as you start heading in the direction of the mall or the restaurant, it will automatically add you to the number of people enroute to the destination and instantly max out the AC and tell the driver at the Sinsa-dong restaurant to reroute it’s unused Sea Bass to the Apgujeong-dong location. You’ll also have perfect visibility over your neighborhood demographics and culture. This will be useful if you’re a minority either culturally, linguistically, or by sexual orientation (Yes, there are places in Seoul that warmly welcome LGBTs).
Apps Will Build Community Parks and Reduce Traffic
All you need is the data and an API to access and work on that data.
But there’s so much more.
You’ll be able to start private fund raising for community infrastructure such as parking garages, crowdsourced cars, day care centers, swimming pools, hakwons (tutoring centers), playgrounds, and more. You see, you won’t have to lobby your council members if you can privately raise the funds. All you need is to give credit to someone in office and they’ll grease the way to your ribbon cutting ceremony. In NYC, private municipal neighborhood parks are already common. Only locals with a FOB can get in.
What else can you do?
You could build two and 3 story expressways. Taking the data from all the GPS chips of every driver miles or kilos before the turnstyle, a simple algorithm can determine whether to open that 3rd level or not. If that sounds silly, the bridges in Seoul are already double level highways.
Here’s my favorite. An app can tell you if you drive by the front door of someone else who also drives to the same parking lot at exactly the same time every single day. That same app can keep telling you about these people until you have a full car of 4 passengers and you’re making more money from their gasoline chip-in than you do at your office. Yes, gas in Seoul is that expensive.
Apps Will Get You Pregnant
Actually, this was my favorite until I met the most gorgeous Seoulite woman on earth (is that redundant?): If you program your “citizen profile” telling the city more about yourself like, age, income, education, religion and the similar data sets for your dream girl or guy, the app can tell you what parts of the city have the highest concentration of your “ee-sahng-nyung.”
I think that would help solve the under-reproduction issue that Seoul is having right now. If you want to talk to me about the future, I’m an investor, an app developer and futurist who can be reached here: http://journik.com/contact
If you want in on the highest density open data city as a platform city on earth, let’s talk business at http://journik.com/contact/ too.
Oh, almost forgot. If you turn on NFC, or near field communication, your iphone 7 or Galaxy S8 will vibrate when your dream girl/guy walks right past you. So, what kind of apps do you see being brought to birth?