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Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing

Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell


Ubiquitous computing (or ubicomp) is the label for a “third wave” of computing technologies. Following the eras of the mainframe computer and the desktop PC, it is characterized by small and powerful computing devices that are worn, carried, or embedded in the world around us. The ubicomp research agenda originated at Xerox PARC in the late 1980s; these days, some form of that vision is a reality for the millions of users of Internet-enabled phones, GPS devices, wireless networks, and “smart” domestic appliances. This book explores the vision that has driven the ubiquitous computing research p ... More

Keywords: ubiquitous computing, ubicomp, third wave, computing technologies, mainframe computer, desktop PC, computing devices, Xerox PARC, Internet-enabled phones, GPS devices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015554
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Dourish, author

Genevieve Bell, author