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PIT talk by Marcus Foth entitled "Why we should design smart cities for getting lost"

In cooperation with AU Smart Cities and Foundata

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Wednesday 10 August 2016,  at 14:15 - 15:00


5335-395 Nygaard Møderum



Professor Marcus Foth

School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

Why we should design smart cities for getting lost

If smart cities run on big data and algorithms that channel only 'relevant' information and opinions to us, how do we maintain the diversity of ideas and possibilities that drives truly smart cities? In this lecture, Professor Marcus Foth will discuss issues arising from an algorithmic culture of like-mindedness, and examine the diversity advantage of cities. The talk will use examples to illustrate the merits of getting lost and getting to know strangers, and conclude with the role of cities in a deliberative democracy.


Foth, M. (2016, Apr 8). Why we should design smart cities for getting lost. The Conversation. http://eprints.qut.edu.au/94778/

Foth, M., Tomitsch, M., Satchell, C., & Haeusler, M. (2015, Dec 7-10). From Users to Citizens: Some Thoughts on Designing for Polity and Civics. In Proceedings of OZCHI. Melbourne, VIC. http://eprints.qut.edu.au/88937/