The Internet of Things. PART III The Third Space.
Future Avatar Cities.
I proposed in a recent interview for The Internet of Things Council (http://tinyurl.com/3trotzq) that future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities. Not just one space, but a connection of networks and of real time information flows. The results created will lead to mashed-up cities and real time performative city experiences.
I am now interested in how this shared dataspace can overlap, creating a new space in between, which only two nodes share, a future avatar city. The aim here is to give tangible form to this new space, the space where the cities overlap, presenting an alternative urban virtual environment. In the prototype the audience sees the data and will be able to mix data from cities; they can even mix the data to make music with it. This novel approach allows a critical reflection on the real time city.
The Third Space speculates that social sensing might lead to a new social space and eventually a new business enterprises which can be exploited. What is possible is that significant breakthroughs in knowledge about the shared data experience can be achieved through user-based interfaces online, on mobiles , media facades and other platform (multi distrubution will spawn micro businness.
In the last few years several systems have been deployed to monitor city environments. Mostly they exist as isolated networks. My plan is to ask them to link up. This takes a step towards the “City of Bits” that Bill Mitchell talks about.
Future cities will be merged into real time connected up data cities. A connection of networks of real time information flows as demonstrated in trials for Stanza’s earlier AHRC funded project (Sensity). The Third Space works impacts on how data flows overlap in live streams, demonstrating the possibilities for novel artistic experiences and technical outputs, including sonifications, visualizations, and sculptural objects.
Dewayne Hendricks says: “We’ve connected more people, but we haven’t connected more things yet; we’re getting a convergence now, but what’s missing are the people that are advocates of this intelligent device stuff.” The Third Space joins the dots and offers this vision thereby creating the potential for maximum impact.
The Third Space creates outputs that directly show how networks can be connected and data harvested for creative uses. In the last few years several cities have started to use motes sensors to create data spaces as test beds including Newcastle and soon Santander. The Third Space also impacts on Connected Environments, Smart Places, Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks.
By using the standardized XML data streams that were developed previously to make the data / city available in the public domain. The aim is to improve this availability and connect up multiple data spaces (cities) to show the impact on our experience of the city, and thus create an ecosystem prototype. The data environment becomes a virtual data map of the real events. What is demonstrated is that the collected data can be re-made reconstituted to be real again enabling physical objects to interpret the virtualised city data. The analogue is made digital and the digital can be re-formed into a variety of output devices.
One has to experiment with the technology and understand how to get under the bonnet, and then new outcomes will shed light on how data flows overlap in live streams demonstrating what are the possibilities for novel artistic experiences and outputs as well as new business models which will benefit from sonifications, visualizations, and sculptural objects; as well as apps, and feedback into other networks and intergrated systems.
Problems inside the Emergent City
Can we use new technologies to imagine a world where we are liberated and empowered, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually work for us or are these technologies going to control up, separate us, divide us, create more borders. Will the securitization of city space create digital borders that monitor our movement and charge us for our own micro movements inside the system?
The result will be used to test the main hypothysis which is I believe there is a new social space that exists in between these independent networks. What happens when future cities are merged into real time connected up data cities. The results created will lead mashed up cities and real time performative city experiences. For example how can we merge collected data from various real time cities to visualise this new space, the space where the cities overlap. This could allude to a new architectural and urban virtual space.
This might also allow for a greater community of interpreters and beneficiaries to see, and to come to their own understandings arising from this data about our socially-networked environment. (as the data in this projects is open source via XML.
Will the securitization of city space create digital borders that monitor our movement and charge us for our own micro movements inside the system? Imagine walking out the door, and knowing every single action, movement, sound, micro movement, pulse, and thread of information is being tracked, monitored, stored, analyzed, interpreted and logged.
The conceptual ambition of the project is to answer this question.
The Mother Of Big Brother
Can we use new technologies to imagine a world where we are liberated and empowered, where finally all of the technology becomes more than gimmick and starts to actually work for us or are these technologies going to control up, separate us, divide us, create more borders. The world we will live in seems to be a much bigger brother than the Orwellian vision, it’s the mother of big brother.
Underpinning this research, are a whole series of potential problems about observation, surveillance, and the ethics of the control space. By researching current surveillance systems, tracking software, and pattern recognition software one can come to an understanding about the social and ethical implications of such technologies both in artworks as well as public domain space and to speculate where these technologies could lead us in the future.
By building my own art systems and tools using custom made software, I try to raise further questions about the ethics of the control space and surveillance space
Alongside this technology research I have focused on the aesthetic development of the systems outputs by investigating different ways to represent the data and different ways to question the meaning of the system.
How we understand and value information is of great importance. It seems reasonable to suggest that visual metaphors might simplify our understanding of data in space. I want to make my work eternally current. It will allow a real time multiple perspective of an identified space.