Conclusion

Our understanding of space is in flux. The creeping spread of hybrid spaces challenges our relationships with and in space. The evolution of public space over the coming years will question our mediation of reality. Our ‘view of the world’ will continue to be moulded and reshaped by experience but these experiences will be extended into new cybrid realms.

[Please refer to my Bibliography for the sources of quotes.]

Propagated not only by buildings and fixed objects but also by the everyday technologies we carry; cybrid spaces are innately social. They will facilitate an extension of our senses and new means of interaction. This will enable unprecedented levels of cooperation and has the possibility of profoundly changing the way we socially navigate space.

Smart mobs embody such an evolution of our social navigation. As smart mobs we could be in a constant state of collaboration sharing resources and discerning more about our peers and our surroundings than ever before. Unlike the wired Internet, the mobile cybrid information spaces of the coming years will not require expensive equipment, making it open to the majority. Nor will it require significant social adjustment as mobile phone ownership is already widespread and will act as a precursor to the adoption of new technologies.

In coining the ideas of smart mobs and cybrid spaces Rheingold and Anders have given us a lexicon with which we can understand a unique point in our social development. Cybrids, cybrid spaces and smart mobs will not be forms imposed from above; they will not be created by any one company or government; they will emerge from a critical mass of technologies and social practices coming together to radically change how we relate to our environments and each other.

Posted by Sam at April 23, 2004 11:57 AM

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