The Augmented City is a podcast series that explores the impact of Artificial intelligence on urban life & culture

AC and David Bowie talk about the Internet and AI

AC and David Bowie talk about the Internet and AI

David Bowie was a serious nerd. He mixed multimedia, technology and business with a versatility and consistency that continues to astonish people. Not only did Bowie write and perform a top ten UK single each decade for fifty years, he was one of the first major artists to distribute an online track, live streamed a concert, and started his own Internet Service Provider company.

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In the midst of dot.com mania in 1999, Bowie sat for an interview with the BBC. In that exchange, he made some predictions about the eventual outcomes of the Internet that have proved prescient. Among them are the eclipse of "signature acts" in music like the 1960s Beatles who defined a given decade both in popularity and as standard bearers of the zeitgeist of the time.

The more you listen to what he has to say, the more clear it becomes that many of the same forces unleashed on music by technology are coming around the change the technology industry itself. The current interactive development cycle around AI bears striking resemblance to what happened in music during Bowie's time. Listen and enjoy.

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