With an ancient underground system and airports straining under increased footfall each year, London is struggling to remain a quick and efficient city. In today's culture, where we have come to expect ease and instantaneous results, this is a huge concern for the city if it wants to remain an international hub.

Apple iPhone 5cThis expectation of ease and instantaneous results has principally come about through the development of personal technology and spread of the internet. We expect Google to produce 100 000 000 search results in under 0.5 seconds, and believe we are receiving a poor service if it takes more than two. The same of course applies when we send emails, open web pages or download files.

The spread of technology

With the proliferation of smart phones, each of us now carries this need for the immediate in our pockets. We are alerted to personal messages and world news in real time. To ensure that we feel connected, we must be able to respond in turn, whether that is by writing a message or posting a selfie. With dating apps like Tinder, our love lives can be similarly managed: potential life partners sent to our phones and accepted or rejected with the swish of a finger. Amazon will deliver our goods to us by drone, and soon we will all be – for this is no longer just a trend of the young – tweeting and instagraming to our heart's content.

The 'Right Now Economy'

Resting on the twin columns of speed and efficiency, what is coming to be called the 'Right Now Economy' [1] is fostering the rise of a new breed of company, who place those two columns at the heart of their business objectives. A good example is Uber, an American company offering transport services throughout cities across the globe. On Uber, with just the tap of a button you can be connected with a driver only minutes away, and track the vehicle's approach. No need to book. No need to wait. Instant connection, instant result.

In turn, this emphasis on connectivity is seeing the increased development of machine to machine technology (M2M). The M2M technology of companies, such as www.marketplace.m2m.telekom.com, enables computers to communicate with each other indpendent of human assistance (and the delay inevitably that comes with it.) How 'smart' or 'intelligent' an office is, is coming to be judged by its level of M2M technology. Indeed, M2M usage extends beyond the office to 'Smart Homes', with centralised and/or remotely controlled maintenance, security and entertainment, and the design of 'Smart Cities' in the Middle East, attempting to maximise efficiency, ease and productivity.

In such a world, it makes the British Government's rush to build HS2 a little desperate, and more than a little inadequate.

[1] http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/breakout/why-now-economy-power-next-wave-tech-141712611.html

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