I took Sensoria out for an late evening, 4-mile run up one of San Francisco’s famous routs, Bernal Heights. Two miles of flat street running and 400 feet of winding upward elevation on a paved trail let me see how the smart sock could handle all sorts of environments.
Immediately, my sock told me my running technique was lacking; I was still on my home block when I triggered its first warning that I was failing to properly land on the ball of my foot. After a few minutes of frustrating correction, I eventually got up high enough on my toes to quiet Mara, my lovingly-named virtual coach.
‘Smart Cities’ Should Mean ‘Sharing Cities’ | TIMEBut when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology in building a new urban commons to support communal sharing.
I think there are some general and important deeper issues around technical systems and their application we need take into account when applying technology to greater social systems like e g cities. Technological systems that solve problems by becoming more integrated by excluding and replacing humans makes the greater system more, closed, vulnerable and stupid, while technical systems that encourage and support human collaboration and ingenuity make the greater system more intelligent and adaptable. If we use technical systems to support systems in right way we can maintain the properties that makes systems like cities and ecosystems different from almost all other systems: the ability to adapt and internally rewire themselves from within. When we destroy that property by stupidly rationalizing by building integrated and excluding technical solutions we degrade them and make the inherently unscalable, inefficient and inadaptable. A situation which is extremely dangerous in the longer term.
From this standpoint the sharing economy is an important rewiring of our social systems to withstand the technification of society which the traditional IT-systems approach and the old capitalist logic is leading to.