«Those who control data, AI and digital infrastructures will determine the nature of future institutions. To maintain European social models and defend values and rights, citizens must hold the reins of technology». The Smart City according to Francesca Bria, Chief Technology Officer of Barcelona
The urban regeneration project Deus Ex Fabrica in Schio, Northen Italy, animates a former industrial building with works by digital artists. It’s street art beyond beyond graffiti, but also a means to explain to citizens the non-commercial side of artificial intelligence and internet of things. That can be more engaging, interesting and socially useful than a talking refrigerator.
The Italian city has changed, and not just in the looks. Milan is rewriting its future: by giving space to small digital manufacturing, to places for open discussions and to citizen’s engagement.
In Eindhoven, the new digital IoT public services made possible through a city-wide grid are being co-designed by citizens. A good example of how cities can keep the driving seat when it comes to Big Data.
The Elle Decor Concept Store in Milan shows how technology and design thinking can make shopping a sensorially rich and creatively enjoyable act.
Design counts in the world of IoT (Internet of Things) perhaps more than it did in the old analogue universe. Because the extra technology is welcome only if it will not be intrusive, kind, and above all human.