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Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing by Adam Greenfield

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Before they are knit together, the systems that comprise everyware may appear to be relatively conventional, with well-understood interfaces and affordances. When interconnected, they will assuredly interact in emergent and unpredictable ways.

Our information technology is difficult to consider holistically, because it is modular: Though its constituents work together, they are designed at different times, in different places, by different parties, to different ends. Furthermore, these constituents are agnostic as to the circumstances of their use: A database doesn't "care" whether it's used to enhance a rental car company's relationships ...

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