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Building the Meta-City

The modern city is becoming a pointer system, the new URL, for tomorrow's hybrid digital-physical environment. Today's Facebook will be complemented by tomorrow's Placebook. Explosive innovation and adoption of computing, mobile devices and rich sources of data are changing our cities: where we live, work, and play. It's about us, and how computing in the context of our cities is changing how we live.

In this video from the PICNIC 2011 conference in Amsterdam, an annual idea exchange that takes place each spring, Mark Rolston takes a glimpse into a coming world where computing isn't just with us, but surrounds us and uses the context of our environment to empower us in more natural, yet powerful ways. According to Rolston, a digital landscape overlays our physical world and is expanding to offer ever-richer experiences that complement—and in emerging cases, replace—the physical experience.

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