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- DescriptionWe're filling up the world with techlogy and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of techlogy to answer. Our ecomic system is centered on techlogy, so it would be small matter if tech ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Techlogy is t going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, t after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how? In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place w -- t in a remote science fiction future; it's t about, as he puts it, the schlock of the new but about radical invation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that techlogy can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve techlogy -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, t things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical invation.
- Author BiographyJohn Thackara, described as a design guru, critic and business provocateur by Fast Company, is the Director of Doors of Perception, a design futures network based in Amsterdam and Bangalore. He is the author of Design after Modernism, Lost in Space: A Traveler's Tale, Winners! How Successful Companies Innovate by Design, and other books. Since 2002, he has authored the Doors of Perception blog and newsletter (http://www.doorsofperception.com/).
- Author(s)John Thackara
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication03/03/2006
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight476 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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