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Benjamin H. Bratton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029575

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029575.001.0001

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Address Layer

Address Layer

(p.191) Address Layer
The Stack

Benjamin H. Bratton

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the fourth of six layers in The Stack, the Address layer. For any entity to participate in the wider Stack architecture it has to be known to it. It must be enumerated and enunciated by an address. The chapter examines very-large scale universal internet addressing systems (such as IPv6) that would allow for an abyssal volume of individual addressees. Some programs for ubiquitous computing and an ‘internet of things’ suggest scenarios that draw almost any, into a landscape of addressable objects. However, for “Deep Address,” the computational landscape can absorb any conceivable object, event or relation, regardless of scale or temporality into a vast, if also fragile, communicative field. Ultimately the scope and complexity of than landscape may exceed the limits of human control or literacy. The chapter also discusses the ramifications of the superimposition of multiple, internally-complete and self-sufficient addressing schemes onto the same territory, and how this complicates platform interoperability but also may allow for important variation and resiliency.

Keywords:   Internet of Things, Ubiquitous Computing, Addressing, IPv6, Cybergovernance, Standards and Protocols, Smart Dust, Network Topology, Information Theory

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