Smart Festival

By Ian Frank.

Published by The Technology Collection

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IBM is pursuing a “Smart City” initiative, and the adjective “smart” is increasingly applied to development projects, both urban and social. Although whole town planning is clearly a desirable integrated goal, this paper makes the case that there is a different and underrepresented domain that may have significant advantages: the festival. Based on an inclusive definition of the term “smart” we look at the potential research advantages offered by a festival environment and give concrete examples of festival practices, highlighting the potential offered by a festivalʼs natural focus on inclusive aspects of “smartness” broader than just “technology”.

Keywords: Art and Science, Urban Infrastructure, Human Technologies, Performing Arts, Interdiscipline

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.137-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 875.153KB).

Prof. Ian Frank

Professor, Department of Complex and Intelligent Systems, Future University-Hakodate, Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

Ian Frank holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Edinburgh University, for which he received a National Distinguished Dissertations Award. He is interested in the interaction between people and environments and the interpretation of “information”, and was an integral part of research groups that won RoboCup’s Scientific Challenge Award in consecutive years. He has led workshops on thinking skills for varied audiences around the world since 2003. He also runs an annual international music festival.


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