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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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What Lies Beneath

What Lies Beneath

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Divining a Digital Future

Paul Dourish

Genevieve Bell

The MIT Press

This chapter examines two aspects of infrastructure and practice relevant for emerging ubicomp technologies and environments; these are referred to as the infrastructure of experience and the experience of infrastructure. The discussion of the infrastructure of experience focuses on how our encounters with everyday environments depend on both the practices in which we might be able to engage and the structures that are inscribed into those environments by those practices. The discussion of the experience of infrastructure focuses on the ways in which infrastructures offer themselves up to people for manipulation and interaction.

Keywords:   ubiquitous computing, ubicomp, infrastructure, space

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