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Kevin Kelly -- The Technium [Translations: Japanese] While researching the consequences of economic abundance, Chris Anderson revisted the oft maligned quote of Lewis Strauss, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission in 1954: "Someday nuclear energy will be too cheap to meter." As with most popular quotes, there's an untold story behind it. As Anderson investigates the context and history of the "too cheap to meter" quote he is reminded that "too cheap to meter" does not mean electricity was supposed to be free. Just that the metering costs would exceed the cost of the electrons. Kevin Kelly -- The Technium
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Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Urbanism, Data-Driven Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Urbanism, Data-Driven (Some cartogram structures and linkages Pascal created as sensor maps where the geography is an implied and driven — rather than the driving — parameter.) Fabien Girardin, MIT brainiac and a fellow Near Future Laboratory ‘naut presented his expert and insightful trinity of themes that appear to be the main motivators behind "urban computing", a bit of cocktail party conversation related to this short essay that Kazys Varnelis and Leah Meisterlin wrote, and that Nicolas poked a stick at. Fabien describes three prime motivators behind the “urban computing” discussion and construction projects. Bears repeating, with some commentary. 1.
The line between the consumers and producers of commercial objects is increasingly becoming blurred in the 21st century. As an economic imperative for consumer participation is quickly emerging, more than ever before businesses are turning to consumers to guide their creative decisions. Crucially this could begin to have a significant impact on the way that cities and their commercial architecture is designed and evaluated, through the promotion of consumers as direct, collective decision makers. Referring to key economic theorists; the work of contemporary architectural practitioners; while additionally including first hand interaction with one of the world’s most successful prosumption communities, this essay attempts to construct an argument for the value of consumer involvement in the active design of 21st century commercial architecture. H+ Magazine

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