Why distance matters: The relatedness between technology development and its appropriation in smart cities

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Abstract

How does the distance between the development and adoption of technology determine its affordance? By referring to the sociomateriality literature, I discuss why the corporate-driven push of technologies into smart cities can lead to ineffective outcomes. This review paper then argues that technologies should be locally built, with a stronger connect between the humans in cities and the technologies being developed and implemented, in order to achieve technological affordance. Finally, I identify a number of research avenues to understand technology-human connect in smart cities.
Original languageEnglish
Article number120087
Number of pages8
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Volume157
Early online date7 May 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

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