England might not feel like a place with a lot of futuristic cred, given their obsession with monarchy and period dramas about maids and masters, but London has long been a progressive social hub. After all, it was there that John Logie Baird unveiled the television in 1926 (bless that man).
So it’s quite fitting that London has the highest number of public CCTVs of any city in the world. 33 councils operate 7431 public CCTV cameras, so you can be sure that if you’re robbed in London, a clip of your misfortune will find its way onto YouTube for the internet’s amusement.
Apart from the Big Brother-esque surveillance network, London also has a largely automated public bicycle rental system, called the Barclay’s Cycle Hire scheme. After becoming a member of the scheme, you are free to rent any of the bicycles docked at the many docking stations littered throughout the city. The scheme also has the support of several smartphone apps that tell you whether there are any bicycles left at the docking stations, so you can choose the right docking station to go to.
It’s just too bad they don’t have a service that allows you to put together all the CCTV footage of your cycling through London’s streets into an awesome crimewatch style music video (yet).
Best case for living: It can't be the lack of privacy so it has to be the fact that you can hop onto a bicycle almost anywhere in the city if you're sick of walking. Unless you can't ride a bike of course.