CoolTowns are most definitely state of the art, and that means incorporating the latest, most useful technologies. However, the more invisible the technology, the less afraid people will be to use them.
CoolTowns are first and foremost about building community and enabling face-face interaction. That mindset just doesn’t seem as sincere when your friend across the table is talking through his cell phone headset while adding entries to his PDA, as both of you sit on a sidewalk flanked by dozens of cars (with hundreds more passing by).
CoolTown invisible technologies include a fiber optic underground infrastructure, wireless high speed internet throughout the town, high-tech walking shoes and parking garage stacking systems. CoolTown bookstores would also carry Turn It Off: How to Unplug from the Anytime-Anywhere Office Without Disconnecting Your Career by CoolTown Guild member Gil Gordon.