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What’s up with the physical dimension in the digital world?

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What’s up with the physical dimension in the digital world?

  1. 1. What’s up with the physical dimension in the digital world? Porto 4 de Março de 2010 Escola de Gestão do Porto Where goes the notion of physical place in a digital world? We live in a world that gets everyday more and more digital. Computers and networks turn our notion of physical place a different Luis Borges Gouveia one. luis.borges.gouveia@gmail.com But what about the role of physical place Twitter: @lbgouveia for human activity? We defend that although digital become an important Associate Professor University Fernando Pessoa issue, the physical space still is central for sustainable human activity. Let's present it!
  2. 2. • For centuries, we human beings live in a world where physical locations are common and stable references • Our main references of time and space put us many challenges but were part of us as human beings!
  3. 3. • Same time & same space: We! • Same time & different space: There! • Different time & different space: Them! • Different time & same space: Place!
  4. 4. • Place is a very important notion for us – It is were human activity takes place… (or is located…) – It is central for live, learning, work and fun… (be there!)
  5. 5. YES, BUT… • With computers and networks come the digital and things change • Time and space are not the same…
  6. 6. • Digital T&S: more independent You can twist time or space even without any relation between them (try some form of video recording or co-location devices to turn it possible)
  7. 7. • Digital T&S; Elastic What you can do is a lot more and provides some control behavior of how time and space work (for instance, we can get more time using a globalization approach to business or providing digital multimedia to transform a place)
  8. 8. • Digital T&S: But… be aware! – Time: more time to do, less time to react – Space: almost impossible to control, easy to reach
  9. 9. • Digital T&S: No more just four alternatives! – Different times & spaces possible • We can have digital overlays and can be present in different ways • Although we still are physical beings (and must pay the price!)
  10. 10. • As a result: – Place gets larger and the world suddenly becomes our place – We no longer have borders at human scale!
  11. 11. • Reinvent time & space – We can be in more spaces at more times – We can not be where we are or be at another time
  12. 12. • Human limits apply! (example: digital time obeys a different cycle from human life span)
  13. 13. • SO… the world is different • …and there will NOT be anymore the same again – shame on physical place…
  14. 14. DIGITAL PARADOX
  15. 15. • That… • Although the widespread of the digital has not been so great • The importance of physical place still is central for human activity
  16. 16. YES places have now more components and the digital is part of any place
  17. 17. BUT Well, I love a lot computers but love more life &people
  18. 18. • We, as human beings need to get our own physical places and those who learn how to attract other to their physical place will be the role players
  19. 19. SO… • Digital paradox brings a new approach to territory centrality • It turns the territory has a key factor for the success of a given human activity
  20. 20. a million dollars question! • How can we turn our territory one that is central for human activity? Interested? Join research activity by contacting lmbg@ufp.edu.pt (consider also funding it)

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