The Cyborg City Lecture Series
July 19, 2056
As an increasing number of scholars debate precisely what it means for our cities to be organisms unto themselves -- specifically cybernetic organisms -- we will take a retrospective look at the historical period that preceded this trend in ideas. Technology Historian Mjumbe Poe will share his perspectives on the first quarter of the 21st Century, and the evolution of the mediated relationship between people and cities by technology.
Among other themes related to cities, Poe will address:
- Cyborgification -- individuals increasingly empathizing with their technology
- The ever decreasing latency in all forms of communication, and the effects on neighborhoods and local politics
- The ubiquity of digital representation and reluctant conversion of state business to electronic form
- Privacy, security, particularly important rulings around rights to encryption, and digital devices as extensions of the self
Special attention will be paid to the role that the Web and ubiquitous network connectivity played in these developments.