We are on the verge of what many are calling the “second information revolution,” based on ubiquitous access to both computing and information. Handheld communication devices will become portable and even wearable remote control devices for both the social and physical worlds. At the same time, access to information will likely flourish, with an explosion in the volumes of data collected and distributed by these new devices—volumes of information about people delivered to more and more people, in new ways. The technologies of instant access have potential to transform dramatically our lives, cities, societies and economies much like the railroad, telephone, automobile and Internet changed our world in the previous ages.
This book contains chapters by leading international experts who discuss issues surrounding the impact of instant access on cities, daily lives, transportation, privacy, social and economic networks, community and education.
Featuring a chapter by Mike Batty and myself entitled ‘Imagining the recursive city: Explorations into urban simulacra’, Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access is a timely book looking at the impact of rapid global communication and information systems on our urban realm.
The book is however $169 dollars which is a high price, mainly it seems that Springer is looking at the library and academic market. We are not sure how this can be justified and it indicates an increasing trend in academia for high book prices. It is in some ways annoying that you write a good book chapter for a strong book only to find it overpriced.
If you can afford it you can purchase it via our Amazon recommended reading list.