Divining a Digital Future Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing

ISBN-10: 0262525895
ISBN-13: 9780262525893
Edition: 2014
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Description: Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" ofcomputing technologies. Following the eras of the mainframe computer and the desktop PC, ubicomp ischaracterized by small and powerful computing devices that are worn, carried, or  More...

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List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" ofcomputing technologies. Following the eras of the mainframe computer and the desktop PC, ubicomp ischaracterized by small and powerful computing devices that are worn, carried, or embedded in theworld 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, GPSdevices, wireless networks, and "smart" domestic appliances. In Divining a Digital Future, computerscientist Paul Dourish and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell explore the vision that has driventhe ubiquitous computing research program and the contemporary practices that have emerged--both themotivating mythology and the everyday messiness of lived experience.Reflecting the interdisciplinarynature of the authors' collaboration, the book takes seriously the need to understand ubicomp notonly technically but also culturally, socially, politically, and economically. Dourish and Bell mapthe 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, anddomesticity; and suggest directions for future investigation, particularly with respect tomethodology and conceptual foundations.

Paul Dourish is Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and in Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction (MIT Press, 2001, 2004).

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

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