HowardRheingold's new book / idea.
Major themes :
- the mobile / always on internet
- rapid mobile phone adoption is transforming society
** in cultures where teenagers have little private space, mobile phones help to turn public space into virtual private space. For example a group of friends can dynamically decide to alight on a cafe and make it theirs
** many people are outraged / disconcerted by this blending, for example hearing half of a private conversation in public
** mobile phones are used socially, eg. passed around so members of a group can read what's on the screen
** mobile phones help groups of teenagers maintain an always on group of friends who may or may not be present at the time
** the phone is becoming a "remote control (ie. handsize control panel) for life"
** integrating positioning allows location based stuff ... for example multi-player role playing shoot outs in the real world
Good outline map of the technologies :
- http ://www.rheingold.com/cooperation/Techofcooperation_map.jpg
RichardGabriel on Mob software : (BigBallOfMud) http://www.dreamsongs.org/MobSoftware.html (BigBallOfMud)
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