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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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Mobility and Urbanism

Mobility and Urbanism

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Divining a Digital Future

Paul Dourish

Genevieve Bell

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the cultural contexts of mobility and reads these back against the dominant tropes and themes of mobility within ubicomp. It considers recent attempts to explore the social and cultural aspects of mobility in human–computer interaction and ubicomp, conjoined with a burgeoning interest in collaboration and interaction beyond traditional working settings, including leisure settings and museums, or gallery spaces and universities. The chapter begins by discussing the relationship between mobility, spatiality, and technology as it has developed in ubicomp research before presenting a series of contexts—mythical, moral, imagined, and historical—for everyday mobility, and reflecting on what these might tell us about the prospects for mobile interactive technologies. Recent projects are used to illustrate new avenues for design exploration and analysis.

Keywords:   ubiquitous computing, ubicomp, mobility, human–computer interaction

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