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LunchUP: Anthony Vanky, “…If Marco Polo and Kublai Khan Were Talking about Computers”

LunchUP: Anthony Vanky, “…If Marco Polo and Kublai Khan Were Talking about Computers”

As urban technologies become more pervasive and visible in our communities, arguments arise between the creation and use of these technologies. Underlying this conflict is a difference in how each sees the role of technological development: an epistemological gulf exists between those who develop the technologies that sense activity and those who respond through policy or action. In this conversation, Assistant Professor Anthony Vanky will discuss this rift through the development of technologies used in facial recognition, among others, and examine through his work-in-progress how alternative paradigms can be used to create more “urban-centered” understandings of the city.

These sessions are a response to requests from faculty and students to learn more about what’s going on in the field in an informal environment. We hope this can inspire emergent thoughts and connections that will inform our scholarship.

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