This is a repost from Strata + Hadoop World Europe 2014 in Barcelona.

Francine Bennett presents a comprehensive overview of how data might fit into the future of our cities, in everything from designing and constructing energy efficient buildings, to the issue of ownership of a city.

But it’s not all “data, data, rah, rah”:

“But collecting lots of data, particularly if it relates to people, can easily be flipped around and used in more negative ways…(talks about Quantified Toilets)…However, being tracked every time you go to the loo in a public building, not so great. And it’s easy to see how that power [of having information about everything people do] could edge more and more towards controlling people more and more. ”

Worth a look.

And check out “Quantified Toilets“, for laughs. (Most elaborate spoof… ever.)