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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #37 Future urban smartness

Aloha, Lately, I have been trying to picture what a public space is, in times of surveilled public sq
futuribile / curating futures
futuribile / curating futures - Issue #37 Future urban smartness
By Marta Arniani • Issue #37 • View online
Aloha,
Lately, I have been trying to picture what a public space is, in times of surveilled public squares and pandemic restrictions. I imagine it as a “cold spot”, as opposed to the hyperconnectivity of internet hot spots. Take green areas, an essential feature of urban cartography. Wellbeing restorative space, without entry ticket, just around the corner. We need urban zones, ideally the whole public space of a city, where the same principles apply to the digital layer of space. No screens and interfaces, no commercial nor surveillance data extraction. Cold spots match key social properties of public space (i.e., mixity, interaction, sense of belonging) with the restorative ones of green spaces (i.e., mental and physical well-being, reducing emissions, biodiversity), on the background of a trusted technology infrastructure. Springer just released its Handbook of Smart Cities, where you can find a paper I co-authored which provides a first attempt at defining cold spots, and foresees disposable identities as a means to go through these spaces.
The European Commission recently launched an initiative called the New European Bauhaus, whose ambition is to match the green transition, aesthetics and wellbeing. For the moment we have limited information (a short overview here). But if I think of the original Bauhaus tenet, that form should follow function, our cities have too many hidden and antidemocratic features.
Aloha,
Marta Arniani

Next week I will host the LABOURTECH 2021 event “Industry 4.0 technologies and its impact on the labour market” (registration link in the picture)
Next week I will host the LABOURTECH 2021 event “Industry 4.0 technologies and its impact on the labour market” (registration link in the picture)
Predict ta mère
The problem with prediction. A must-read essay on the dangers of seeing the human mind as a predictive machine and how predictive control made its way everywhere, from corporations to cognitive sciences.
Too emotional. The new trend in mass surveillance is emotion recognition technology. The NGO Article 19 mapped this burgeoning market (because the sad truth is that surveillance is a market before being a governmental or public interest endeavour) in China. Full report here.
"Never been seen" is a website by The Science Museum (UK) that makes you the very first person to see one object of their digital collection 😍😍- a clever use of the log of web pages with zero views.
"Never been seen" is a website by The Science Museum (UK) that makes you the very first person to see one object of their digital collection 😍😍- a clever use of the log of web pages with zero views.
Amazon plans
Being Bezos. The CEO and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, announced that he will soon quit his role. He did so with an email to employees between self-help (“keep inventing”) and humility (“I don’t know of another company with an invention track record as good as Amazon’s”). Meanwhile, Amazon is being fined over 60M$ for stealing drivers’ tips between 2016 and 2019.
Amazon is now officially a cloud company. There are three levels of understanding of Amazon: 1/ an online shopping mecca (face value) 2/ An exploitative machine of human labour and natural resources (capitalism’s quintessence) 3/ a massive cloud company playing around with policing (the horror, the horror).
Robbie Andrew
I doubt there are many outside of Norway that know that the Norwegian pop group A-ha was critical in the introduction of electric car incentives in Norway. I certainly didn't. Read on... https://t.co/41PdATJ0rS
Shots
///Access Info Europe is seeking independent, country-level researchers for the first edition of the Global Data Barometer.
///Resources by creative communities and mutual aid groups for organising online events, workflows and solidarity in times of COVID19.
/// She exposed tech’s impact on people of color. Now, she’s on Biden’s team. A profile of Alondra Nelson.
/// Microsoft has been granted a patent that would allow the company to make a chatbot using the personal information of deceased people. Meanwhile, a Korean show makes people reunite with their departed beloved ones in virtual reality.
/// What about computer vision AI systems that identify guns and not people? #AskingForAFriend
Oh, dear!
The New European Bauhaus visual identity, made with love on Paint. 🤦🏻‍♀️
The New European Bauhaus visual identity, made with love on Paint. 🤦🏻‍♀️
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Aloha,
Marta
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