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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing 1st Edition
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Previously Senior Urban Fellow at LSE Cities in London, at various points in his career Adam has also been head of design direction for Nokia in Helsinki; an information architect in Tokyo; a rock critic for SPIN Magazine; a medic at the Berkeley Free Clinic; manager of a coffeehouse in West Philadelphia; and a PSYOP sergeant in the US Army's Special Operations Command.
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Top Customer Reviews
Greenfield is not just able to capture a vision for a world ahead with ubiquitous computing, but to explain in a completely non-jargon, tangible, virtually poetic way.
I think the world really needed a book like this -- to establish a way of thinking about a new, invisible digital age that doesn't get lost amidst big-brother paranoia, or overly-detailed technical specs. Let's face it -- we don't know how it's all going to work together, how we'll get to a world of everware. But it's quite clear we will, and Greenfield spells out the promise and the issues with elegance and clarity.
I had bought it awhile back from Amazon, and it sat there in my orders list (I'd actually never preordered before), finally to arrive and exceed every possible expectation. It's really quite magical.
Too bad it's not hardcover, I'll beat this book to a pulp carrying it everywhere with me, tasting the delicious ideas little by little. I'll carry with me until at least half of the vision comes true.
Contents: What is everyware?; How is everyware different from what we're used to?; What's driving the emergence of everyware?; What are the issues we need to be aware of?; Who gets to determine the shape of everyware?; When do we need to begin preparing for everyware?; How might we safeguard our prerogatives in an everyware world?; Conclusion; Index
The book is made up of 81 short "thesis", or general thoughts/musings by Greenfield on the subject of ubicomp, also referred to as "everyware". This isn't a technical "how to" book on connecting the different parts of a wireless network together. Rather, he delves into the social, ethical, and logistical issues (among others) about what it would be like to live in an always-connected, pervasive computing world. For example, what are the privacy issues surrounding a house that is designed to monitor an elderly person for health issues? Do you (or should you) have the ability to decide who gets notified in case of an emergency, or is that out of your hands? Can you opt out of the monitoring? And if something doesn't work, where is the point of failure? Hardware? Software? Interaction between the two? If you're in the mood to be contemplative and think about issues, the book will spur some interesting twists for you. The only problem I had with the book is that Greenfield has you reaching for your dictionary every couple of pages to look up some new word that you've never heard of before.Read more ›
The text is an impressive series of 81 precise "theses" that describe "the dawning age of ubiquitous computing". Each thesis explores, through historical antecedent and incisive contemporaneous analysis, one aspect of the arriving "ubicomp" paradigm which he terms "everyware."
Author Adam Greenfield seems to have presaged nearly all useful comment on the nature and near future direction of ubiquitous computing. Compared to this work, even such transformative declarations as the Cluetrain Manifesto come across as merely sophomoric, though sincere drumbeats.
Greenfield is a facile conceptualist, comfortable with traditional academic discipline yet easily capable of creating significant buzz with an avant garde writing style molded through constant travel and communication with moblogging ubicomp fanatics from Tokyo to Stockholm. A thought leader, and certainly not a follower, he's always eager to cross swords with iconic figures of the new media establishment, or to ally with them.
Greenfield's style is to trace geodesic descriptive arcs around the ever-evolving space of this subject. In his view, "Everyware" is driven in parts by historical dialectic, cultural evolution, technological invention and entrepreneurial testosterone. In each thesis we are tantalized and left wanting more.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, I thought the book was interesting and somewhat thought provoking. However, it didn't seem very concrete. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by unkilbeeg
The development of everyware (ubiquitous computing, calm technology, pervasive comptuting) poses some interesting questions. Read morePublished on August 24, 2009 by Mark Twain
This book lays out a Utopia. The Utopia is a universe of perfect computing. The author has determined that the future of computing will be electronic mechanisms that will assist... Read morePublished on February 18, 2009 by Diverse
Silicon cheaps are cheap to produce. They will appear everywhere in time. Obvious but true concept, but useful if one uses it to consider future designs, investments, strategies,... Read morePublished on November 29, 2007 by Howard Schneider
Ubiquitous computing can mean different things to different people, especially without a concise yet comprehensive description. Read morePublished on December 12, 2006 by Seng W. Loke
It's just a series of repetitive dissertations that reinforce the point that ubiquitous computing will exist in the future. Read morePublished on November 2, 2006 by T. Hakala
Like another reviewer, it was my great pleasure to attend Adam Greenfield's presentation on "Everyware" at SXSW '06. Read morePublished on March 29, 2006 by Ryan Freitas