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Divining a Digital FutureMess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing$
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Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015554

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015554.001.0001

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Introduction: The Myth and Mess of Ubiquitous Computing

Introduction: The Myth and Mess of Ubiquitous Computing

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Myth and Mess of Ubiquitous Computing
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Divining a Digital Future
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Paul Dourish

Genevieve Bell

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015554.003.0008

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to examine the process of “divining a digital future.” Taking ubicomp to be at once a technological and an imaginative effort, it explores the vision that has driven the ubicomp research agenda and the contemporary practices which have emerged. Drawing on cross-cultural investigations of technology adoption, the chapter argues for developing a “ubiquitous computing of the present” that takes the messiness of everyday life as a central theme.

Keywords:   ubicomp, ubiquitous computing, technology adoption

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