|Street Talk is a
one day event to be held at Intel Research Berkeley focused on
understand how the rapidly emerging fabric of mobile and wireless
computing will influence, disrupt, expand, and be integrated into the
social patterns existent within our public urban landscapes.
Urban Computing captures a unique, synergistic moment – expanding urban
populations, rapid adoption of Bluetooth mobile devices, and widespread
influence of wireless technologies across our urban landscapes. The
United Nations has recently reported that 48 percent of the world's
population currently live in urban areas and that this number is
expected to exceed the 50 percent mark by 2007, thus marking the first
time in history that the world will have more urban residents than rural
residents. Current studies project Bluetooth-enabled devices to reach
1.4 billion units in 2005 alone. Nearly 400 million new mobile phones
are scheduled to be sold worldwide this year alone. WiFi hardware is
being deployed at the astonishing rate of one every 4 seconds globally.
We are gathering for an event to expose, deconstruct, and understand the
challenges of this newly emerging moment in urban history and its
dramatic influence on technology usage and adoption.