SOAS University of London

Centre for Global Media and Communications

Undoing Optimization: Stories from Smart City Citizens

THIS EVENT IS ARCHIVED
Dr Alison Powell (LSE)

Date: 15 January 2020Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 15 January 2020Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Faber Building, 23/24 Russell Square Room: FG01

Type of Event: Seminar

The 'smart city' promises an urban optimization, a seamless integration of human and machine intelligence. Such promises of 'smartness' have become a global phenomenon, a reconstruction of urban incoherence into seamless frameworks of prediction. This talk traces a history and proposes futures for urban 'smartness', using research from citizen activism using 'smart city' network, data, and sensors to outline strategies for undoing optimization. These include investigating hybridizing knowledge between humans, other living beings and 'smart' technologies, and regenerative practices of solidarity experienced through friction. Come and hear stories of wireless hackers, bee-keepers, feral cows, data scientists, and urban foxes and revel in our shared unruly potential.

Organiser: Centre for Global Media & Communications

Contact email: cgmc@soas.ac.uk