“By far the greatest latitude of choice exists the very first time a particular instrument, system, or technique is introduced. Because choices tend to become strongly fixed in material equipment, economic investment, and social habit, the original flexibility vanishes for all practical purposes once the initial commitments are made. In that sense technological innovations are similar to legislative acts or political foundings that establish a framework for public order that will endure over many generations.”—WINNER, Langdon (1985), “Do Artifacts Have Politics?,” EN D. MACKENZIE y J. WAJCMAN (ed.), The Social Shaping of Technology, Open University Press, Bristol.
“But at the moment, we are only being offered one particular story about the deployment of networked informatics in the urban milieu, and though it is widely predominant in the cultura it only portrays the narrowest sliver of what it is possible. This is the vision of the “smart city.”—GREENFIELD, Adam (2013) Against the smart city, Do Projects, Nueva York
“When we talk about new technologies, it is often about their practical application: technology is presented as a convenient solution to real or supposed problems, it promises to make our lives more pleasant and convenient; at the same time, our cities will also become safer, more sustainable and more efﬁcient. In short, technology is an almost inescapable magical power that will improve urban society. But for those who do not believe in magic, this picture mainly raises a number of questions.”—DE WAAL, Martijn (2013) The city as interface. How new media are changing the city, Nai 010, Rotterdam
“(…) the dominant tense of ubiquitous computing writing is what we might call the ‘‘proximate future.’’ That is, motivations and frames are often written not merely in the future tense, describing events and settings to come, but describe a proximate future, one ‘‘just around the corner.’’
BELL, Genevieve y Paul DOURISH (2006) “Yesterday´s tomorrows: notes on ubiquitous computing´s dominant vision”, en Personal Ubiquitous Computing 2006
“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.”—Douglas Adams, The salmon of doubt: hitchhiking the galaxy one last time
At this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival, a group of journalists, professors, and non-profit leaders were asked to predict the future of livable, walkable cities.
“If I could have one wish for people who live in cities, it’s that we find ways to connect back to nature, to remind [people] that nature isn’t out there—outside the cities—but right in their homes where they live.”—M. Sanjayan, Conservation…