The Super City Kit, Driverless Cars and Tech City

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Super City was a toy released in 1967 and consisted of plastic frames and shapes to create-well, your own city. It had very cool television commercials-here is the 1968 commercial in French on Youtube . If you were a kid and had an interest in design or engineering you wanted Super City. Unfortunately the toy was too complex for children, and the product was pulled from the market. Artist and author Douglas Coupland said that “anything made from Super City looked like a Craig Ellwood, or a Neutra or a Wallace K. Harrison“. 

And perhaps Douglas’ remarks are apropos as Tech Insider has written that the startup accelerator Y Combinator wants to create a city from scratch. These are the same people who brought the world Airbnb and Dropbox.

Y Combinator wants to design the smartest city possible using technologies that would be challenging to implement in existing…

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