Augmented Reality and the Future of Cities with Tiernan Mines from Hello Lamp Post

Season 1, Episode 8,   Mar 22, 2021, 06:00 AM

In this episode of Tech Can't Save Us, CEO and Co-Founder of Literal Humans Paul David talks to Tiernan Mines, Co-Founder of Hello Lamp Post, an innovative tech for good product that brings cities and their citizens closer together. 

Hello Lamp Post allows people to have two-way 'chats' with their surroundings, providing people with key local information, while gathering important perceptions, opinions and ideas. Hello Lamp Post helps increase participation and engagement in local decision making. Insights from interactions are anonymously shared with organisations such as local authorities to enable better informed decision making.

Tiernan and Paul discussed the future of cities and urban planning, the importance of listening to end users when developing tech for good products, and channeling people's frustrations into usable tools that enhance their lives.

Paul and Tiernan discuss how everyday citizens will potentially be able to engage with living history in cities and towns through augmented reality tech. The implications for enhancing the experience of people navigating physical spaces with new "interactive layers" are massive! 

Tiernan leaned into the "tech for bad" question by talking about the scary potential of remote warfare as well as dealing with the negative externalities of well-intended tech products. This episode is rich with tech for good fodder!

Here's where to find Hello Lamp Post: