Aspiring ‘smart cities’ like Barcelona have worked to build their profile – it recently hosted the Smart City Expo World Congress – but Australia may benefit from not having rushed in.
Australia has lagged behind some other countries in its investment in smart cities, but in retrospect that may not have been such a bad thing.
Shifts in our communication infrastructures have reshaped the very possibilities of social order driven by markets and commercial exploitation.
Capitalism has become focused on expanding the proportion of social life that is open to data collection and processing – as if the social itself has become the new target of capitalism’s expansion.
When cars talk to each other, and their surroundings.
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There is a way to improve safety across a rapidly evolving range of advanced mobility technologies and vehicles. The answer is connectivity.
Much of the ‘smart cities’ rhetoric is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight.
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The rhetoric of 'smart cities' is dominated by the economic, with little reference to the natural world and its plight. Truly smart and resilient cities need to be more in tune with the planet.
Don’t neglect to unplug and be actually alone.
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If a person is alone in the forest when a tree falls, but she doesn't notice it because she is texting, does it still count as solitude?
With so many city dwellers enjoying the benefits of digital connectivity, it is easy to overlook the barriers to access that homeless people face.
We have come to see being digitally connected as part of the fabric of life in the city, but staying connected is a daily struggle for the marginalised and homeless.
Traffic jams in major African cities such as Lagos, pictured here, as well as Uganda’s Kampala, are a major drain on productivity.
Kampala generates about 60% of Uganda's GDP. In the coming decade urbanisation is the single largest opportunity to spur economic growth in the coming decade.
The rapid rise of connectivity is transforming the interactions between people and all the elements that make up a city.
City dwellers have better access to more information about the people and places around them than ever before, but it has never been more difficult to preserve privacy as a result.
Cables crisscross the oceans carrying your internet info.
Telegeography Submarine Cable Map
Thin cables about as big around as a garden hose traverse the Earth's oceans carrying all our intercontinental internet data. No one's in charge and no one's defending them.
A concerted drive to develop the technology sector has transformed Mauritius into a cyber island.
Increased internet connectivity can spur economic growth throughout Africa. But the continent has a long way to go before it can reap any broadband dividend.
Hurdles: Connectivity and cost must be overcome to realise Africa’s potential.
e-Learning Africa 2015 Report/NICK HOLMES
The internet is seen as a luxury item in many parts of Africa .
A Facebook server farm in Sweden: the energy you don’t see.
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Despite increased connectivity, televisions have remained largely dumb.
There are several large quite expensive pieces of electronic equipment in my house and in most homes that are the site of a long overdue technological revolution. Despite being in the “Internet Age”, most…