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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing 1st Edition

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Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in "Minority Report." The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.What are people saying about the book?""Adam Greenfield is intense, engaged, intelligent and caring. I pay attention to him. I counsel you to do the same." "--HOWARD RHEINGOLD, AUTHOR, "SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION"""A gracefully written, fascinating, and deeply wise book on one of the most powerful ideas of the digital age--and the obstacles we must overcome before we can make ubiquitous computing a reality.""--STEVE SILBERMAN, EDITOR, "WIRED MAGAZINE" ""Adam is a visionary. he has true compassion and respect for ordinary users like me who are struggling to use and understand the new technology being thrust on us at overwhelming speed.""--REBECCA MACKINNON, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY"Everyware" is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.

About the Author

Adam Greenfield is head of design direction for service and user interface design at Nokia. He was previously an instructor at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he co-taught a class called Urban Computing. He lives and works in Helsinki, Finland.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders Publishing; 1st edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321384016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321384010
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

ADAM GREENFIELD lives in London, where he maintains a consulting practice called Urbanscale, collaborates with his wife Nurri Kim under the Do projects banner, and occasionally writes pieces on cities for the Guardian. When he finds the time and energy, he does his best to organize his scattered thoughts into books, the next of which is forthcoming from Verso in 2016.

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.

You can sign up for Adam's weekly dispatches at tinyletter.com/speedbird

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Seriously, I just can't seem to keep reading it because I have to stop and think. And think. And daydream. And read a passage over again, and dream a little more. Ever read a book that gets you so excited you have to put it down just to shake off the energy that builds inside you? Well, this one does it for me.

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.
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Everyone has their fantasies and dreams of what "ubiquitous computing", or "ubicomp" for short, would be. Adam Greenfield shares his thoughts and observations in Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing.

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.
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"Everyware" is a magnificent, quixotic foray into the future. At once boldly assertive in attempting to define the evolving trend of ubiquitous computing, it's also disarmingly self-effacing as the author describes his own slowness to adopt, and doubts about, the same technology. As an attempt to thoroughly survey the elusive, ever-evolving world of ubiquitous computing, it is a tour de force.

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.
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Great read. I bought the book out of pure interest and was amazed to find so many insightful words on the evolution of computing. If your interested in the future of the computing market, I'd highly recommend this book
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