The ‘sentient’ city and what it may portend

  title={The ‘sentient’ city and what it may portend},
  author={Nigel Thrift},
The claim is frequently made that, as cities become loaded up with information and communications technology and a resultant profusion of data, so they are becoming sentient. But what might this mean? This paper offers some insights into this claim by, first of all, reworking the notion of the social as a spatial complex of ‘outstincts’. That makes it possible, secondly, to reconsider what a city which is aware of itself might look like, both by examining what kinds of technological practices… CONTINUE READING


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