MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - This technology thing is really something, isn’t it? iPhones, iPads, androids, asteroids, Pac-Man, the list of computerized goodies goes on and on. Pretty soon a reporter will be able to push a button and automatically anger a politician. “It’s amazing what we’ll be able to do,” says Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.
The Mayor is talking about a new Smart Memphis iPhone app. People will be able to find out the latest information about highway conditions or any big announcements. The app could even make your drive to and from work smoother. “You’ll be able to use your app, for example, for potholes,“ Mayor Wharton says. “You snap a picture of it and hit send, and we don’t have to ask how big it is, or where it’s located, and all that kind of stuff.”
The key to the success of any system is trust. You have to trust the people who run it, that they’ll make sure the information is correct. The city administration will handle what’s on the Smart App. So maybe the people in South Cordova, who weren’t notified their neighborhood would be annexed into the city, aren’t going to really trust what they read and see with the Smart App. “It’s not a matter of trust as far as the city is concerned,” Mayor Wharton says. “If there is any question about the situation, they need to remember the lawsuit was filed in 2001 and a lawyer didn’t file papers in 2011, so the case ended.”
The new app would have told you all about the new library card, which Mayor Wharton said last week could be used as official identification to vote. We don’t know if the app would have announced how state officials don’t agree. “It was that same guy in Nashville (state elections commissioner) who said you couldn’t put the school charter on the ballot,” the Mayor says. “So you want to talk about trust? Flip that question the other way. You’re asking the wrong person.”
The new app is currently only available for iPhones, and is available in the iTunes App Store.