International Summer School, 04-10.08.2014, Brno

Contemporary discourse on city and high technology is often driven by techno-optimism featuring terms such as network city, big data, smart city, smart building or smart community. But what do these terms really mean to us as citizens and individuals? In the rhetoric of corporations such as IBM or CISCO the technological future of our cities seems to be always bright and unavoidable and the high technology seems to be politically neutral, bearing a beneficial role. Their ready made centralized solutions for municipalities give us notion of the city governed by pushing the button with main arguments based on efficiency, safety and health. But do we really want to be governed by the push of the button from above? Are efficiency, safety and health the only values we want to build our cities on?