The Socialist Origins of Big Data

“Beer built a device that would enable the country’s citizens, from their living rooms, to move a pointer on a voltmeter-like dial that indicated moods ranging from extreme unhappiness to complete bliss. The plan was to connect these devices to a network—it would ride on the existing TV networks—so that the total national happiness at… Continue reading The Socialist Origins of Big Data

The sounds of our lives suck! How to make cities better by ending the blight of noise

“In 2004, London adopted a comprehensive sonic strategy. The “Sounder City” initiative, outlined in this 280-page manual, was intended to fight noise pollution. It suggested improvements to everything from flight paths to utility company repairs to canal traffic. “Our soundscape needs as much care as townscape or landscape,” the report wrote.” – The sounds of… Continue reading The sounds of our lives suck! How to make cities better by ending the blight of noise