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Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing
     

Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing

by Paul Dourish, Genevieve Bell
 

Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" of computing technologies. Following the eras of the mainframe computer and the desktop PC, ubicomp is characterized by small and powerful computing devices that are worn, carried, or embedded in the world around us. The ubicomp research agenda originated at Xerox PARC in the late 1980s; these days,

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Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" of computing technologies. Following the eras of the mainframe computer and the desktop PC, ubicomp is characterized by small and powerful computing devices that are worn, carried, or embedded in the world around us. The ubicomp research agenda originated at Xerox PARC in the late 1980s; these days, some form of that vision is a reality for the millions of users of Internet-enabled phones, GPS devices, wireless networks, and "smart" domestic appliances. In Divining a Digital Future, computer scientist Paul Dourish and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell explore the vision that has driven the ubiquitous computing research program and the contemporary practices that have emerged—both the motivating mythology and the everyday messiness of lived experience.

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the authors' collaboration, the book takes seriously the need to understand ubicomp not only technically but also culturally, socially, politically, and economically. Dourish and Bell map the terrain of contemporary ubiquitous computing, in the research community and in daily life; explore dominant narratives in ubicomp around such topics as infrastructure, mobility, privacy, and domesticity; and suggest directions for future investigation, particularly with respect to methodology and conceptual foundations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262525893
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
01/31/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Genevieve Bell is an Intel Fellow and the Director of Intel's first user-focused research and development lab, Interaction and Experience Research.

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