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Death by a thousand cuts: information fatigue in the smart cities of tomorrow.


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Talk given at the Risk and Security Management Forum, February 11th 2020 in London.

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Death by a thousand cuts: information fatigue in the smart cities of tomorrow.

  1. 1. Death by a thousand cuts Information fatigue in the smart cities of tomorrow. London, February 11th 2020. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
  2. 2. Entrepreneur Author Head of Innovation
  3. 3. Community leader AuthorConsultant Creating a culture of Innovation Published by Apress (2020)
  4. 4. 2016: Analysis of 180 smart city projects for Nominet
  5. 5. 2020: Public Space and the Internet ofThings UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis PETRAS Little Books series
  6. 6. ‘I’m going to do it myself because the government won’t’ Off-grid thinking
  7. 7. I vs. We Transportation as the last collectively endured expression of selfishness?
  8. 8. ‘Technology can solve this’ Hiding behind markets while we prepare policy-making.
  9. 9. Augmented Activism Learning from emerging methods for collaboration & action both with and without technology.
  10. 10. "I think there are plenty of good people in America, but there are also plenty of bad people in America and the bad ones are the ones who seem to have all the power and be in these positions to block things that you and I need. Because this is the situation, you and I have to preserve the right to do what is necessary to bring an end to that situation, and it doesn't mean that I advocate violence, but at the same time I am not against using violence in self- defense. I don't even call it violence when it's self-defense, I call it intelligence." Malcolm X
  11. 11. Pointing fingers but never offering tools. Home energy use has gone up in the last 15 years but we have no collective sense of what better, greener living is.
  12. 12. A crisis of value. Most homes in the UK are less than D rated on their Energy Performance Certificate.
  13. 13. Scare tactics don’t work. Bloody 5G.
  14. 14. Good ideas don’t stick around long enough to become unicorns. Or worse, they’re repeated endlessly (see cold chain tracking for organs/blood)
  15. 15. ‘It’s too complicated’ How do we keep the literacy levels high and don’t get people to just shut down.
  16. 16. Tech might not help. Make sure we’re clear when the problem is social and not technological and say it quickly.
  17. 17. When we’re sure, take people with us for the ride. Over-explain to death using the tools of common culture.
  18. 18. Thank you. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino