Gavin Starks
Photograph of the inside of a robot that embodied data from the city of London, by Stanza https://www.stanza.co.uk/
Photograph of the inside of a robot that embodied data from the city of London, by Stanza https://www.stanza.co.uk/

This is not a thought piece, it’s a call to action.

We have failed to create smart cities. We have failed to create truly scalable and sustainable mechanisms to enable our cities and countries to benefit from the internet age. …

Photo of dark clouds over a cityscape with a river in the foreground and boats in the middle ground. (CC-BY)

I tend to avoid posting bleak/doom-laden things as (a) there’s already a lot of that about, and (b) it doesn’t help bring us a sense of agency. …

We take for granted that we can search a billion websites from around the world in under a second. The fact that we can do this is the result of a very specific architectural approach, one that is based on standards that have been adopted globally. …

Portion of machine floor, Pullman Industrial Complex [PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, HAER, REPRODUCTION NUMBER IL-5]
Portion of machine floor, Pullman Industrial Complex [PHOTO: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRINTS & PHOTOGRAPHS DIVISION, HAER, REPRODUCTION NUMBER IL-5]

Why don’t we pay for value in the way it is generated rather than using a legacy system that isn’t fit for purpose?

There must be a raft of research on this [citations welcome], but I’m constantly bewildered by the insistence of certain organisations that continue to ‘require’ hourly timesheets.

Gavin Starks

https://dgen.net || https://icebreakerone.org || Twitter: @agentGav // @icebreakerOne for climate+finance+data

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