Divining a Digital Future – Paul Dourish and Genevieve Bell

There’s a well situated irony in purchasing a hardcover book on the third wave of computing technologies, but that’s the only version currently available (no Kindle version, ah!). The MIT Press released it earlier this year, and based on a recommendation from Panayotis Antoniadis, a theorist in the social aspects of wireless community networks, I immediately purchased it.

I’m halfway through, and it’s shaping up to be an incredible influence on how to consider the social, cultural and community aspects of ubiquitous computing, from embedded devices to networking technology. The affective and emotional perspectives on technology that move away from non-Cartesian coordinated notions of spacial mapping are incredible.

I’m already beginning to apply this to the social software I’m developing, and am eager to find out what this exploration leads to.