Contextualizing Ubiquitous Computing

Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell

in Divining a Digital Future

Published by The MIT Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780262015554
Published online August 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780262295345 | DOI:
Contextualizing Ubiquitous Computing

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Weiser’s classic article in Scientific American (1991) that laid the foundations for a research program in ubicomp, then turning its attention to the balance between past, present, and future embedded in conventional discourses about ubicomp. Of particular interest is the central conundrum posed by the fact that Weiser’s vision of the future is not only by this point an old one but also an extremely North American one. The chapter addresses the following questions: First, how should we understand the relationship between ubicomp’s envisioned future and our everyday present? Second, what influence does this have on contemporary ubicomp research? Third, what motivates and explains the remarkable persistence as well as centrality of Weiser’s vision?

Keywords: ubicomp; research program; Weiser

Chapter.  14488 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Programming Languages

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