The latest truism-cliche is we’re cyborgs now, citizens of some global Cyberia that keeps us busy with our 3G, 4G and 5G. We’re all connected. Even those of us still blissfully not connected, have their destinies intertwined with Cyberia’s, as we have just the one planet, for now.
Whereas neurophysiologists have a hard time explaining how “curiosity” emerges from tissues (Dennett: “not wonder tissues, please”), we have a relatively easy time seeing how a PWS (personal workspace) fits into an organizational diagram. A PWS entails the care and feeding of humans. We do that. Engineers know all about cafeterias and bunks.
The Asylum Cities we’re planning gain inspiration from Christopher Alexander and his Pattern Language concept. The generic cafeteria, like the generic maker space (shop), like the dance hall, or grange, is a pattern, and a meme.
When we design the floorplan or schematic for a city (which might be a mixed-use skyscraper) we think about the daily workflows. How far must a person travel, from a space for sleep, to a space for creative daytime activities? Perhaps a few rooms, a few floors, a few blocks, a few station stops.
However far these distances, what we’re talking about is a kind of macro-neurophysiology, the anatomy of the Cyborg. From “cyborg” come The Borg in science fiction (Star Trek). The idea that “we are they” is subversive on some level, as it seems to add credence to their motto: “resistance is futile”.