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

AC Helps Present The Future of Cities Event in NYC

AC Helps Present The Future of Cities Event in NYC

On Friday, May 12, I helped present a live event in New York City called The Future of Cities. The Augmented City podcast worked with Digital, Life and Design plus Knotel to develop and curate a content program for a select audience of around 120 people. The guiding question revolved around what happens to our ideas of space and place in an augmented city?

What happens when intelligent technology mixes with culture to create new possibilities for urban biology, autonomous transportation, urban agriculture and the urban energy grid? We explored these physical issues plus new storytelling models for communicating some of the changes and choices facing people as a result of these technologies.

Program Schedule

Program Schedule

With a list of speakers ranging from MIT Media Lab to Starlight Runner Entertainment, The Future of Cities explored the “grey space in the middle” --- that gap between what technology can do, and how people want to live their lives. This is not a new debate as evidenced by a 1999 video clip that predicted the social impact of the Internet on content and art with astonishing accuracy and prescience. In another podcast, we map that 1999 interview to current predictions about the impact of AI. 

It’s been nine months since we launched The Augmented City podcast. I want to thank DLD and Knotel for allowing us to work with them on the content program for The Future of Cities. It helps validate the idea that a conversation about culture, technology and urban life is an important one to have if we’re to understand how people will live in an augmented society.

AC Talks Urban Energy with Brian Lakamp

AC Talks Urban Energy with Brian Lakamp

AC and David Bowie talk about the Internet and AI

AC and David Bowie talk about the Internet and AI