Post has attachment
Sentient City
Ubiquitous Computing, Architecture, and the Future of Urban Space, ed by Mark Shepard

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
City MOOC 1 officially begins today! The twitter hashtag is #CityMOOC1

We will use some time-tested methods to help see us cities more clearly. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Know_thyself and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socratic_method

The first question is an easy one, with no answers that aren't right. So here we go.

How do you feel about cities? 

Dig deep, and share below.

... and we're off and running!

Post has attachment
Let's build a new model.

Image from: http://www.whale.to/c/buckminster_fuller.html
Photo

Post has attachment
A little inspiration for #cityMOOC1

Our challenge, in the proverbial nutshell.

"Curiously, the philosopher Ned Block’s (1978) thought experiment about the Chinese Nation can be put to good use to locate Deacon’s position, as I understand it. Block imagines harnessing the entire population of China into a gigantic hand-simulation of a massive artificial intelligence program simulating a human being’s mind, with each Chinese citizen assigned a small computational role in implementing the whole kaboodle. Would the resulting implementation be conscious? Block assures us it would not, without giving any arguments for this “obvious” verdict. Deacon would say that the reason the Chinese efforts would not sustain consciousness in the subject whose brain they were simulating is that the individuals are being turned by the giant program into computers! If they were given more autonomy, and the right teleodynamic organization, there would be a conscious super-subject composed by their activities, and they would be just as oblivious to its content as our neurons are to ours."

http://ase.tufts.edu/cogstud/dennett/papers/achingvoids.pdf

Post has attachment
Building life forms out of primates.

Welcome to City MOOC 1!   #cityMOOC1  This Google+ community will be a main node for a cMOOC starting on January 11th, 2014. All those interested in cities, evolution, cognition, cMOOCs and non-traditional life forms are invited to participate. Looking forward to making brain, tentative and temporary as it may be, with all of you!

Post has attachment
Much to ponder here as we go about enhancing the community mind.

Post has attachment
Starting to build a network.
Photo
Wait while more posts are being loaded