Although aspects of this vision have been called a variety of names—ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing, physical computing, tangible media, and so on—I think of each as a facet of one coherent paradigm of interaction that I call everyware. In everyware, all the information we now look to our phones or Web browsers to provide becomes accessible from just about anywhere, at any time, and is delivered in a manner appropriate to our location and context. In everyware, the garment, the room and the street become sites of processing and mediation. Household objects from shower stalls to coffee pots are reimagined as places where facts about the world can be gathered, considered, and acted upon. And all the familiar rituals of daily life, things as fundamental as the way we wake up in the morning, get to work, or shop for our groceries, are remade as an intricate dance of information about ourselves, the state of the external world, and the options available to us at any given moment.
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Shelves: science Published in , but I read this in The most interesting part of this book was to see how far technology has advanced in those 7 years. A very tech-heavy book, but a fascinating read, albeit a bit dated at this point.
Apr 12, Weixiang rated it really liked it Concise, thematic, academic approach towards the study of ubiquitous computing. I picked up this book when I was thinking about different methods of ubiquitous background computing. Such examples would be automatic processes in different facets of our lives.
What I liked about this book was the cautionary tales and more of the ethics of developing such technologies from inequality and class issues to biological implant ideas. The reading is dry, but fascinating none the less. Reading level: 4, Concise, thematic, academic approach towards the study of ubiquitous computing.
Reading level: 4, needs computer background to have full benefits. College junior level in comp sci or architecture. Who is it for: automators, scriptors, home automation nerds. In a way it is historical: it was written and published before Facebook became mainstream or iPhones launch. It is invaluable though, in regards to the ideas, visions and challenges that are inherent to emerging technology paradigms from their early inception to production and, finally, consumption.
Given this, its a recommended read not only for technologists but everyone interested in the social impact of technology in everyday life. I re-read this book recently. It seems that mostif not allareas of technology are converging toward some logical conclusion, whether we like it or not. I guess it makes sense when you recognize the elegant simplicity of the underlying architecture. Perhaps the end result is Q from Star Trek. Interesting read, especially the sections on determinism.
It seems that most—if not all—areas of technology are converging toward some logical conclusion, whether we like it or not. The dangers presented and the solutions suggested are all laid bare before us.
Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing