Data, (bio)sensing and (other-)worldly stories from the cycle routes of London

Delighted to have a chapter pub­lished in Dawn Nafus’ new book, Quan­ti­fied (MIT Press).

Data and biosensing

 

Abstract

This chapter tells a story of prom­ise, one about London’s bike rent­al data and how it might be used to re-imagine new fig­ur­ings of human-machine rela­tions. Exper­i­ment­ing with the rela­tion­al capa­cit­ies of (bio)sensing and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of data-everywhere, the pos­sib­il­it­ies of oth­er worlds are ima­gined. Mix­tures of data at all scales are thrown togeth­er, play­ing with and test­ing out a thick­en­ing and enliven­ing of rela­tions, new edges, and mak­ing room for difference—for dif­fer­ent assem­blies of bod­ies, space and time. Rela­tions are brought into being that might just res­ist the “agen­cies of homo­gen­iz­a­tion” () and that mess about in the uneven­ness and plur­al­ity that makes Lon­don vibrant.

I’ve uploaded a pre-published draft here.

Scott, J. C. (1998). See­ing like a state: How cer­tain schemes to improve the human con­di­tion have failed. Yale Uni­ver­sity Press.

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