The seminar on the Internet of Things organised by the Institute of Philosophy of Russian Academy of Sciences & Council, a thinktank for the Internet of Things, in alliance with Lift@Home, drew out about twenty participants that discussed with great passion the lecture of Professor Vladimir Arshinov, Head of IPH RAS Department for Interdisciplinary Problems of the Scientific and Technological Development, on the new ontological foundations for a real hybrid world and Rob van Kranenburg who spoke about what it means if everything, everybody and every space becomes a set of qualities?
A car is a set of qualities, a person can be described as a long set of qualities, a park can be described as a set of qualities. Before the Internet of Things, humans decided these lists and sets of qualities. After the Internet of Things it will be a mix of entities deciding this, and in this mix are the protocols, algoritms and code that inform the databases what is data and what is noise. What is the role of objects and machine to machine (M2M) in this process? They can give clear signals, they can also be difficult and confusing.
In the afternoon we walked across the bridge very near the Kremlin to Strelka, the high level design and architecture lab to continue the discussion on a more practical level. The Internet of Things means small computers or tags in basically every object. Our world becomes media, as any object can trigger a movie, a url, a story, no longer being tied to discrete units such as tv or radio. IoT is inevitable. But there is a choice. There is a choice in planning: for a city of ‘friends’ or for a city of ‘strangers’, for a city of 'magic' where any relationship can become real or a city of 'chill' where only a few preferred paths guide you through the city.
Laywer Rustam Chernov invited the organizational team to present a practical plan guided by these ideas for Moscow to the political party the Right Cause, that is very much informed by thinking on new technologies as one of the key figures is Anataloy Chubais, head of Russian Nanoresearch Cluster. On Saturday November 6 the team consisting of Vladimir Arshinov, Vadim Checkletsov, Natalie Savicheva, George Prokopchuck. and Rob van Kranenburg presented the proposal for a study of 'Wise Moscow' as an antidote to the current paradigm of 'smart' cities. Wise cities aim to make the city a ‘school’: a big learning environment.
After all, was Plato's Academy not a public park?
Rob van Kranenburg is encouraging a vision that is a balance of relatively autonomous local priorities and 'soul' coupled with a set of generic global protocols.
Thus Wise Moscow needs building it with a Russian soul, with poetry and making citizens part of it, connecting high business with the cultural elite and bringing back old manual skills, stop the ‘efficiency’ paradigm and bring back people into the technological loop: smart shopping+ cassier (concept of George Prokopchuk.)
How: a study with policy recommendations in text and pilots:
breaking down Moscow in neighbourhoods:
- a) what is necessary where?
- b) citizen involvement
- a different approach for every neighbourhood
- a) mix of top down and bottom up wisdom of the group and long term planning
- b) innovation/ human / nature/ holistic/ a model for other wise cities
- a) biotic (biocoenesis)
- b) autopoesis of large ecosystems
- c) guiding the new emergent qualities
“The importance of the biocoenosis concept in ecology is its emphasis on the interrelationships among species in a geographical area.” (wikipedia)
We want to look at neighbourhoods and give them the tools to transform into biotic communities using the design process of Usman Haque of identifying the dilemma, the stakeholders, the incentives for every particular stakeholder, the evidence needed to convince them and the tools for evidence that we can provide for stakeholders to construct their own evidence rationales for acting and changing roles.
Andrey Filippov from World Public Forum joined the editorial team for the proposal of Wise Moscow.