Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing eBook

Adam Greenfield

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing eBook

By Adam Greenfield
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Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?


Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in Minority Report. The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.


All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.


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Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Section 1: What is everyware?
  • Section 2: How is everyware different from what we’re used to?
  • Section 3: What’s driving the emergence of everyware?
  • Section 4: What are the issues we need to be aware of?
  • Section 5: Who gets to determine the shape of everyware?
  • Section 6: When do we need to begin preparing for everyware?
  • Section 7: How might we safeguard our prerogatives in an everyware world?
  • Conclusion
  • Index