Past Sci-Fi Flicks Are The Future Of Masdar


Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates has a vacant plot of land which will be used to hold “Masdar City,”� the first city to rely entirely on solar energy. The transit system will be much like the robotic taxi-cab in Total Recall, sans self-destruct mechanism. The system consists of a fleet of solar-powered programmable vehicles that seat six which will keep the streets free of congested traffic.

�You program what station you want to go to, and [the vehicle] will directly take you to that station . . . If you look at things like Blade Runner, etc., that we had 15 years ago, it�s really bringing that to the fore now,� says Scott McGuigan of CH2M Hill, the construction firm that�s building Masdar City.

Masdar City is bringing Blade Runner to the fore? No one wants to live in a city full of replicants, even if it’s eco-friendly. Someone better call Deckard to fix this mess before it gets out of hand.

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