Entrepreneurship is something that helps spur development and social and economic capital in communities.  In an ever technologically advancing world, there are new innovative opportunities.  Hack-a-thon was a new concept to me, but it's value is now apparent.  This problem solving event helps produce quick thinking and innovative ideas. 
When discussing art and it's intersections with planning, it gave me perspective on how simple it is to connect with people.  These crowd sourced art pieces allowed ownership from many people and can extend that ownership to wherever this art is placed therefore evoking emotion towards that space.

The future of cities is extremely exciting and helps motivate me to do more.  Banking was a very interesting segment of this future.  Economical capital is key in a capitalist society and using banks can ease the process of communicating in a global society.  

The article about Detroit intrigued me as I have spent time there and would like to be a part of its revitalization.  While he discussed some segments of Detroit and it's political structure that are lacking, he saw it as an opportunity to make a direct and long lasting change in a place that desperately needs it.

Interacting with data collected and finding ways to illustrate its meaning is key in keeping the public informed.  Data visualization is essential in this and when it's used correctly it can be just as informative as raw data but more accessible.  The need to make data easily accessible to the public helps them make more involved and informed decisions throughout the planning process.

Danielle Quercia's TED talk about extracting human emotion from data is key in unlocking data visualization.  His story of biking resonated with me, as I enjoy biking as well.  The experience of cities is much more complex than data may permit.  Quercia focused on mapping apps and how it can affect how you interact with the built environment.  Taking input from the public, new maps were created that took into account the emotion of space.

Engaging with communities is essential in tailoring the needs of services to benefit these communities.  By using innovative and easily accessible opportunities, some of the underrepresented residents can find a new way to voice their concerns.  By giving guidelines to healthy participation and some of the not so beneficial participation methods, I was able to learn how to give more power to the public.

The tools of engagement must be accessible to various segments of the public.  Some factors include literacy, language as well as accessibility to technology or tools in general. 

The first week set a foundation for how cities interact with technology.  As technology becomes increasingly integrated into every facet of everyday life, it is imperative that these tools are harnessed to create smart cities.  Whether through transportation systems or gaining community input, the use of technology not only eases the process of collecting data but helps tackle new problems. 

The traffic robots were an interesting use of this technology as it allowed resources to be increased where needed and began the process of changing the culture of traffic.  By acclimating the residents with these robots, thus resulting in tickets for unlawful driving the police will in turn change the behavior of these drivers.  Also giving residents more information about how they are affecting the environment can be extremely beneficial.  In this week water consumption was discussed as smart meters were introduced to educate about the residents impact.  

By providing cities that have begun the process of becoming smart cities, we are able to take their successes and failures and replicate them here.  From the advent of the steam engine in the industrial revolution and the suburbinaztion after cars became wide spread, technology spurs cities.  Rick Robinson noted the importance of listening to the community and using their input effectively. 

Cities such as Dublin and Amsterdam, places on the edge of technicity are taking advantage to interact with their residents in new ways.  Whether that be gathering data on traffic and as such rectifying the problems.  There have also been instances in which residents are provided with information about consumption of resources which helped them reduce waste and changed their behavior.

With this weeks focus on the infrastructure of technicity,  Dr. Townsend's lecture gave insight into some of the context of these innovations.  By noting some of the historical use of technology in cities, Townsend was able to parallel the use of information and how beneficial it is today.  As technological advances increased, the process of accounting of all the information about these technologies advanced as well. 

2008 was a important year as 50% of the worlds population became an urban population, as well as the Internets expansion reached benchmarks in accessibility and data.  Townsend also discussed how integral these networks that have been established are in crises and how to learn and improve upon this.  One of my favorite parts of this lecture was about the poor and their interactions with technology.  In order to implement many of these technologies and better all in cities, it is important to represent those who may not have access.

Week 8 was an exciting conclusion to this online course. Seeing how people envision what the future of our cities may be is very interesting. Watching the documentary 2057 was eye opening to where technology may be going in the future. It will be interesting to see what tech from this documentary will come to be and how it will be the same/different from what they predict. One of the particularly interesting parts of the video is the part with the robots. Its pretty cool that they have been able to program robots to learn and make choices. It will be very interesting to see where artificial intelligence goes in the future.

This week dove into data scrapping techs, which is kinda cool.

This week was about data collection, though it asks a good question, why are we collecting so much data and what can we do with it?
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