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by Genevieve Bell,Paul Dourish


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Dourish and Bell map the terrain of contemporary ubiquitous computing . Divining a Digital Future. Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing. By Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell.

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Divining a Digital Future. has been added to your Cart. Paul Dourish is Chancellor's Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Where the Action Is: The Foundations of Embodied Interaction and coauthor of Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing, both published by the MIT Press.

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In Divining a Digital Future, computer scientist Paul Dourish and cultural anthropologist Genevieve Bell explore the vision . Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" of computing technologies.

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.

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Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a "third wave" of computing technologies.

Her first book, Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing, written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, is an exploration of the social and cultural aspects of ubiquitous computing, with a particular focus on the disciplinary and methodological issues.

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A sociotechnical investigation of ubiquitous computing as a research enterprise and as a lived reality.

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.


Comments: (2)

Uste
Written as a sociological critique of Ubicomp and as a roadmap for further multidisciplinary research in that field, this book also clearly defines the specific and substantial value anthropologists bring when working with designers, engineers, business developers, and managers to develop strategies and experiences.

In the current context of the Internet Of Things - which is really Ubicomp in different clothes - Divining a Digital Future is a valuable guidebook to the unstated and unquestioned assumptions of the field, and flings open a door to a much wider world.

As a concept technologist and software pathfinding engineer, I wish I'd read this book 15 years ago.
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This book is about understanding people & culture first, technology second. If you're looking for a book that tells you what the next wave of computing is, buy a different book - the authors even suggest a few at the end to read as you're reading the final chapter (Everyware, Shaping Things, etc.).

If you want to understand all of the cultural and human considerations that should be part of a research project when considering new technology, then this book is for you. Think of it as an ethnographers guide for technology research... which isn't as good a title, but I think sums up the book pretty well.

Overall, the book was really good.

The frustrating part for me was the never-ending references to research papers, it's almost like they should have included them in the back or something or given links to them at the front of each chapter so you could go read those first.

Once you get past that, the authors do a really good job of outlining all those messy considerations that are often overlooked in "visions of the future", things like Privacy, Security, etc.

One thing that stood out to me, probably because it was at the end of the book, was the part about "the home of the future" as being an idyllic place. The reality is something different, I think it was something like 4 Million women a year are victims of domestic violence, how will the home of future, with all this technology, be better for them (I'm paraphrasing here, probably not very well).

If you are investigating the future of technology I highly recommend this book. If you want to know what the future is, this probably isn't the book for you.
Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing (The MIT Press) download epub
Computer Science
Author: Genevieve Bell,Paul Dourish
ISBN: 0262015552
Category: Computers & Technology
Subcategory: Computer Science
Language: English
Publisher: The MIT Press (April 22, 2011)
Pages: 264 pages