Expo Milano 2015 | Crafting A Smarter And More Human City Experience

The smart cities discourse needs to explore using technology as an augmenter not just as a replacement.

Expo Milano 2015 looks enticing with a deliciously challenging theme and focus in the smart city debate. A colleague shared the above video which offers an intriguing vision of the future event—here’s a few thoughts:

  • how come everything was geared to the single user experience?
  • where was the human / in-person connectivity?
  • why was technology crafting a solitary experience of the city?
  • how are they going to include consideration to opt-out regarding digital privacy for things like eye scans (which is now a UN mandate)?
  • could they re-balance the use of technology which is currently geared to the consumption of information to also creative collaboration (more than just sending simple messages of where you are and playing a game)?

More a critique rather than criticism as the whole vision is fantastic.

What did you note from the video?


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