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Pervasive Computing in Time and Space: The Culture and Context of 'Place' Integration

Applin, Sally A. and Fischer, Michael D. (2011) Pervasive Computing in Time and Space: The Culture and Context of 'Place' Integration. In: 2011 Seventh International Conference on Intelligent Environments. IEEE, pp. 285-293. ISBN 978-1-4577-0830-5. E-ISBN 978-0-7695-4452-6. (doi:10.1109/IE.2011.65) (KAR id:28367)

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We consider some possible broad changes that may impact society as a whole as a result of widespread integration of full-spectrum deployed pervasive computing technologies. Our approach considers design challenges for successfully developing and integrating pervasive technologies into culture and society. This is particularly challenging, since pervasive technologies as services are most successful when transparent, invisible, overlooked, unacknowledged and seemingly forgotten by the very groups that embrace their usage and development. We suggest a heuristic for understanding pervasive technology from an anthropological/social perspective, along with a reminder that humans create, shape and use the technologies that affect them. In particular, we look at the impact on social relations in a poly-social world where people must develop means to blend their own realities with those of of others. In conclusion, we remind those developing these technologies, that although we will eventually become wedded and intertwined as cyborgs within this new environment, it may have a positive outcome, creating new social group models for human interaction.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/IE.2011.65
Projects: AnthroPunk
Uncontrolled keywords: social user-interface design, UX, polysocial reality
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.9.H85 Human computer interaction
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Michael Fischer
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2011 05:13 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:06 UTC
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