When sensors are used without our knowledge or against our will, they become instruments of surveillance. Most of the sensors to create a seamless snooping system are already in place, but the data— credit-card transactions, passport scans at borders, e-mails, and phone calls— are held by a scattered array of organizations. Linking it all together, sifting through it and assembling dossiers is, for government intelligence agencies and law enforcement, a killer app for smart cities.
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"Science" is a lofty term. The word suggests a process of uncommon rationality, inspired observation, and near-saintly tolerance for failure. More often than not, that’s what we get from science. The term "science" also entails people aiming high. Science has traditionally accepted the smartest students, the most committed and self-sacrificing researchers, and the cleanest money-that is, money with the fewest political strings attached. In both theory and practice, science in this century has been perceived as a noble endeavor.
http://edge.org/conversation/the-third-kelly?utm_content=bufferc36d2&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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My bewilderment quickly yields to a growing sense of dread. How is it that even in the heart of Silicon Valley it’s completely acceptable for smart technology to be buggy, erratic, or totally dysfunctional?
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algopop:

Combined Ad and Product Targeting 
Felix Cohen has shared a screenshot of a targeted Facebook ad that promotes a ‘limited edition hoodie’ that conveniently has his first name on it. This could be the start to a new wave of algorithmic product and ad targeting that uses generative design strategies to create bespoke products aimed specifically at the recipient of the ad. Perhaps in the near future you’ll have even personalised gifts generated to purchase in time for your loved one’s forthcoming birthdays. Your facebook data can potentially provide endless material for generative algorithms, your name appearing on things may just be the beginning.   

Algorithmic future!? Where’s my jetpack, dammit.

algopop:

Combined Ad and Product Targeting 

Felix Cohen has shared a screenshot of a targeted Facebook ad that promotes a ‘limited edition hoodie’ that conveniently has his first name on it. This could be the start to a new wave of algorithmic product and ad targeting that uses generative design strategies to create bespoke products aimed specifically at the recipient of the ad. Perhaps in the near future you’ll have even personalised gifts generated to purchase in time for your loved one’s forthcoming birthdays. Your facebook data can potentially provide endless material for generative algorithms, your name appearing on things may just be the beginning.   

Algorithmic future!? Where’s my jetpack, dammit.

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The same urge that drives communities to differentiate themselves through physical design, regulation, and social norms will shape the way smart technologies are used to retrofit them. It’s a mistake to assume that everything could or should be copied from city to city, however commercially attractive that may be. There are economies of scale, but there are also big benefits to doing it your own way. At the scale of big cities, these tradeoffs tend to be in balance.
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Google Search is no longer the clean, high-performance tool we once relied on and admired — now it’s a fetid stew of Google+-littered, screwed up mystery-mechanics, running under the misguided assumption that anyone and everyone only wants more of their own location, their connections, Google’s clumsily guessed interests, and Google+ favoritism in the results served back to them.
http://www.zdnet.com/thanks-for-nothing-jerkface-7000030306/
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That was it, that was the answer: be rich enough to buy your own computer, or literally drop dead. I told people that wasn’t good enough, got vilified in a few inconsequential Twitter fights, and moved on.
https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1
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It was my exasperated acknowledgement that looking for good software to count on has been a losing battle. Written by people with either no time or no money, most software gets shipped the moment it works well enough to let someone go home and see their family. What we get is mostly terrible.
https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1
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Government officials apparently found the container design, so revolutionary for the MIT engineers, a symbol of poverty. Dominicans wouldn’t be caught dead walking into one. “[T]he Lincos container was the brainchild of a group of Western and Western-trained technocrats,” concluded researchers Paul Brand and Anke Schwittay in 2006, “They did not include indigenous designs, materials or needs into their broader design methodology, and the product of this methodology was ultimately rejected by the constituents the designers were supposed to serve.”
Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia
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When we configure digital civic participation as a way to improve the city as a service, we fail to recognize that citizens are not consumers of cities, but producers of cities.
http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/05/the-right-way-to-make-cities-smart/370900/
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