Radical Technologies and the Future of Cities

Adam Greenfield

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Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to transfigure our lives. We already depend on the smartphone to navigate every aspect of our existence. We’re told that innovations – from augmented-reality interfaces and virtual assistants to autonomous delivery drones and self-driving cars – will make life easier, more convenient and more productive. 3D printing promises unprecedented control over the form and distribution of matter, while the blockchain stands to revolutionize everything from the recording and exchange of value to the way we organize the mundane realities of the day to day. And, all the while, complex algorithms are operating quietly in the background, reshaping the economy, transforming the fundamental terms of our politics and even redefining what it means to be human. Having successfully colonised everyday life, these radical technologies are now conditioning the choices available to us in the years to come. Adam Greenfield, writer, lecturer and former design developer of digital information technologies, looks critically at these innovations. What challenges do they present to us, as individuals and societies? Who benefits from their adoption? And what do they mean for the future of cities?

Chaired by Tim Cole, Brigstow Institute, University of Bristol.

Thanks to the support of the Brigstow Institute, this event is free to attend.

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