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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

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images Thesis 40

The discourse of seamlessness effaces or elides meaningful distinctions between systems.

Closely related to the question of everyware's imperceptibility is its seamlessness. This is the idea that both the inner workings of a given system and its junctures with others should be imperceptible to the user, and it's been extraordinarily influential in ubicomp circles over the last eight or ten years. In fact, seamless has become one of those words that one rarely hears except in the context of phrases like "seamless interaction," "seamless integration," "seamless interconnection," or "seamless interfaces."

The notion inarguably has a pedigree ...

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