Smart Cities had seemed a good idea in the early 21st century: collect and analyse IoT data; use the insights to manage operations efficiently. Utopia, right?
Initially, all ran smoothly: improved traffic flow; optimised use of utilities and services; better crime detection.
Better. Crime. Detection. The cities calculated the common factor: humans. Their conclusion: eliminate the common factor, eliminate crime. Hence the purges.
And now? Well, I’d better stop. My kettle’s looking at me suspiciously.
My entry in the April 2021 75 Word Story Challenge at SFFChronicles
Genre: Science Fiction