That escalated quickly. #PokemonGO (via Ziwii on Twittter)
"Those who can not perceive the network can not act effectively within it and are powerless," said the artist James Briddle, indicating one of the most significant features of this digital reality and the enormous challenge that implies in terms citizens rights and freedom. From thermostats on our walls to sensors in the asphalt beneath our feet, daily life is colonized by devices that organize or mediate our decisions or surreptitiously take decisions in our behalf and, in many cases, regardless of our will or consciousness. From facial recognition cameras in the corners of our streets to lampposts detecting human presence on sidewalks, different devices, actuators and interfaces automatically control a growing number of functions of urban landscapes. Despite this basic finding, we lack a critical addressing of the meaning of this digital urban skin and a calm and complex understanding of the meaning of this technological change in city life and public policies, a profound and quiet change dissolved in our private lives, in our relationships, in our expectations and our built environments.