Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, Ph.D.

I study people, technology, and the worlds they make

Ubiquitous Computing and the City

No, it’s not the pilot for the new science fiction series with Sarah Jessica Parker. Howard Rheingold passed on word of an essay by Anne Galloway (a social anthropologist at Carleton University) titled “Resonances and Everyday Life: Ubiquitous Computing and the City.” It’s available here; here’s the abstract:

Ubiquitous computing seeks to embed computers into our everyday lives in such ways as to render them invisible and allow them to be taken for granted, and social and cultural theories of everyday life have always been interested in rendering the invisible visible and exposing the mundane. Despite these related concerns, social and cultural studies have been almost entirely absent in discussions of the design of ubiquitous technologies. This essay seeks to introduce researchers in both fields to each other, and begin to explore the ways in which collaboration might proceed. By exploring mobile and ubiquitous technologies currently being used to augment our experiences of the city, this paper investigates notions of sociality, spatialisation and temporalisation as central to our experiences of everyday life, and therefore of interest to the design of ubiquitous computing.

Given my own interest in applying some of the same concepts to futures work, I hope it’ll be a stimulating read.

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  1. Thank you! I am currently working on the final revisions, and have posted my notes here.

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