Sex, Lies and Smart Cities

City Of The Future
re:publica 2015

Short thesis: 

If the idea of the future city is, and always has been abstract and generic, then what does it look like when we decompose it into its constituent parts?

Description: 

The future city, like the future home looks much the same as it always did. The idea is not only abstract and generic but also old. A key feature of futurism is nostalgia and current futurism is nostalgic for the 1950s, a period when potentially unlimited opportunities – in employment, education, public life and private life – opened up for women and were simultaneously shut down. By highlighting the regressive re-sexing of otherwise sterile and egalitarian environments I draw attention to, and expose a number of other false or questionable claims concerning: artificial intelligence; transparency; openness; efficiency; security; autonomy and sustainability. To what extent is the technology of the future all about comfort, care and convenience – and whose comfort, care and convenience are we talking about? Finally, what are the opportunities for intervention when smart means dumb, sterile is sexist and openness is a form of enclosure?

STG-2
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 -
16:15 to 16:45
English
Talk
Beginner

Speakers

Professor of New Technologies of Communication