All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls ” everyware.” In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations. We’re proud to offer a taste of Adam Greenfield’s new book, Everyware. A List Apart is pleased to present the introduction of Everyware: The. As I seem to have acquired, in some quarters anyway, a reputation as an uncompromising and intractable Luddite where matters of networked.

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This, to put it mildly, is not the world we live in today. I counsel you to do the same.

What are people saying about the book? And fortunately for all of us, when asked to submit to regimes of antihuman banality, some designers have historically had other ideas. Enjoyed the concepts put forward. Consider everywarw recent case in which Seoul Metro operators were charged with using CCTV cameras to surreptitiously ogle women passengers[ 4 ], rather than scan platforms and cars for criminal activity as intended.

The ‘thesis’ presentation got on my nerves. Who gets to determine the shape of everyware?

The earliest appearance I can locate is If Steve Mann has become a radically hybridized consciousness, at least he has a legitimate claim to ownership and control over all of the places where that consciousness is instantiated. Say you append both contemporary and historical tags to the image: Would any of the three augmentation scenarios we explored be improved by moving the informational overlay from the greenfild to a wearable display?

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

Jun 20, Steven rated it it was amazing Shelves: What if information crucial to the formulation of sound eceryware policy is somehow absent from their soundings, resides in the space between them, or is derived from the interaction between whatever quality of the world we set veeryware to measure and our corporeal experience of it? Paperbackpages. For all the hesitations anybody may have, and for all the vulnerabilities even casual observers can readily diagnose in the chain of technical articulations that produces an augmentive overlay, it is hard to argue against a technology that glimmers with the promise of transcendence.

The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing” greenfiel Adam Greenfield A long time ago, I found myself sitting on my bed, breathing in a cloud of card fumes, using a stiletto to pick at the corner of a London electronic travel card acquired in a school field trip to the UK.

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What the discourse around AR shares with other contemporary trans- and posthuman narratives is a frustration with the limits of the flesh, and a frank interest in transcending them through technical means. It reflects a clear philosophical position, and while this position is more forthrightly articulated here than it is anywhere else in the smart-city literature, it is without question latent in the work of IBM, Cisco and their peers. How many naps did you take reading this book?


One prototype furnished firefighters with visors onto which structural diagrams of a burning building were projected, along with symbols indicating egress routes, the position of other emergency personnel, and the presence of electric wiring or other potentially dangerous infrastructural elements.

Users may interact with informational objects that exist only for them and for that single moment. I lay a lot of this to their user interfaces, which, designed by geeks for geeks as they arealmost invariably fail any other kind of user.

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To surrender this measure of control — to insist that all bottom-up, all the time is any kind of a path to a better world, and that all we can or should do is get out of the way — is fatuous, even negligent. This site uses cookies. Some of this thinking survives in the form of cross-application commands like Cut, Copy and Paste, but still more of it has seemingly been left by the wayside.

But you used those things to perform relatively trivial manipulations on already-defined processes. And then I tried to imagine rveryware toolkit which would allow her — as she is, and with little or no additional training — to build a custom module of functionality that would help her address this challenge, that she could use on an ad-hoc or near-realtime basis, and that would effectively lower the net frustration she experienced.

In the right context, at the appropriate scale, such tools are surely useful. Nor are the qualities that make smartphone-based AR so catastrophically clumsy, in virtually every scenario of use, particularly likely to change over time. The distributed nature of open-source creation seems to militate against the consistency required for a smooth, consumer-grade user experience. What we encounter in this statement is an unreconstructed logical positivism, which, among other things, implicitly holds that the world is in principle perfectly knowable, its contents enumerable, and their relations capable of being meaningfully encoded in the state of a technical system, without bias or distortion.

These may be harder to quantify than strictly practical objections, but any advocate of augmentation technologies who is also interested in upholding the notion of a city as a shared space will have to come to some reckoning with them.


But as a site of memory, the Monument leaves a great deal to be desired. It is invisible, everywhere computing that does not live on a personal device of any sort, but is in the woodwork everywhere. One of my favourites. All comments here regarding Nearest Subway pertain to v1. Gestural interfaces like those seen in Minority Report.

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Inanyway, this is my own personal vision of informatic technology at the service of the full range of human desire and complexity. In the context of augmentation, as well, the truth value of representations made about the world acquires heightened significance. In order to make good on this promise, a mediation apparatus would need to fuse all of the following elements: A Space Odysseyin which the navigational displays of both the Orion III spaceplane and Discovery itself relied heavily on the trope — this, presumably, because they were produced by the same contractor, IBM.

Jul 20, Steven Deobald rated it really liked it. The more fervent dream of a day when their capabilities are enhanced far beyond the merely human by a seamless union of organic consciousness with networked sensing, processing, analytic and storage assets.

Andy Piper rated it it was amazing Jul 16, This is the use case. By superimposing information directly on its object, AR arrogates to itself a peculiar kind of claim to authority, a claim of a more aggressive sort than that implicit in other modes of representation, and therefore ought to be held to a higher standard of completeness and accuracy[5]. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

The delay and physical awkwardness occasioned by having to hold a phone between us goes away, and while there would still be a noticeable saccade or visual stutter as I glanced up to read your details off grwenfield display, this might well be preferable to not being remembered at all.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. It may well be that this concern is overblown. Hierarchical organizations can be said to have goals, certainly, but not anything as heterogeneous in composition as a city, and most especially not a city in anything resembling a democratic society.

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