If you don't trust the other voices against Smart Cities (say, Greenfield and Kim), then at least listen to Rem.
This transfer of authority has been achieved in a clever way by calling their city smart – and by calling it smart, our city is condemned to being stupid.
If you don't trust me on Spießer IoT, then hear it from Rem.
But if you look at Silicon Valley you see that the greatest innovators in the digital field have created a bland suburban environment that is becoming increasingly exclusive, its tech bubbles insulated from the public sphere.
I won't expect Rem will be getting SPOTS device for Christmas, or any time soon:
The car is a key element in the smart city. It is now being equipped with increasingly complex monitoring devices. On the one hand, the devices improve the driver’s behaviour, but on the other hand they create a high degree of surveillance. I’m not convinced that the public will welcome this degree of monitoring. I prefer the car not to be a courtroom.
I am surprised "Her" movie never became a bigger deal. I was totally expecting to see people wearing high-waist trousers and red jackets. I love the look.
On the more serious note, I expected the movie to be far more influential in product design than it is proving so far. For that reason, I was very keen to see video from K.K. Barrett from GigaOM Roadmap.
To be frank, the insight could be sharper, but still really worth watching the interview. Favourite quote:
The first thing we started designing on day one was the device and it was the last thing ready on the day we started shooting.
The one on the Zippo was very good too.
I planned to ignore the Uber story, or rather stories by now. This piece by Bobbie Johnson in lately excellent Matter got me to to do it after all.
I disagree with Johnson implying that we're just jealous of Kalanick's success or chalking it down to growing "too much too soon", as if those structural features of Uber's modus operandi are just a birthing pangs of a new model.
Where he does nail it is in drawing out parallels with Amazon and blaming us for knowing the price of everything and value of nothing.
We have all that. But in the end, it turns out that if something’s 10 percent cheaper and 5 percent faster, we’ll give it all up quicker than we can order a sandwich.
For me, the missing piece has been the role and implication of VCs treatment of the scandal. But that's another whole story in itself.
I love the scale, the sprawl, the oddness.
My favourite is somewhat more low-key The Golden Age: Kōrin – Kansei. Still hefty 150cm in diameter!
Cover photo by Pruxo - Public Domain.