Playable City

If you're thinking about that Black Mirror episode where your social media rating affects everything from the house you can rent to the friends you keep, then you've pretty much got it. Sesame Credit scans your social data, purchasing behaviour, it even scans your friends (you lose points for having friends with low Sesame scores). Welcome to Big Brother's kinder, gentler hand.
This week marks our first Playable City conference (Making the City Playable) and the unveiling of Shadowing, the winner of our second Playable City Award, which animates the lamp posts of Bristol to capture and play back the shadows of passers by.
Making the City Playable conference in September and will run for two months. From now and until then we will work with the creators to question, explore and make the most engaging, surprising, thoughtful project we can. I love how much this project moves on the notion of a Playable City and look forward to demonstrating again that playful city interventions can be more than just fun.
For anyone unaware of the project or those uninterested, they'll be powering the project by day and should they cross the bridge at night then they'll be pleasantly surprised.
Amongst all the Fitbits and Jawbones, the Glass and the things, this year's SXSW featured a small, but perfectly formed cluster of events about public spaces, neighbourhood platforms and the need to re-connect people with each other and their environment.
Hello Lamp Post asked Bristolians to look at their city anew by communicating with lamp posts, post boxes and other familiar street furniture. By texting hello and the unique code found on each object.
A swarm of digital lamp posts you can talk to via text message are to be installed in Bristol next month as part of a 'playable
While there is certainly merit in "seamlessness and efficiency", at Bristol's Watershed we wanted to do something with a little bit more joy in it. As a counter-point to the 'Smart City', we have been exploring the notion of Playable Cities, bringing artists, designers, technologists and academics together.
A plan to turn Bristol into a city of "secret, digital conversations" by allowing people to talk to lampposts, post boxes
A living 3D museum of an entire city - and its residents - could be created in the UK, after the idea made the shortlist