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An Anti-Case Study

Simon Roberts Digital Health Group Intel Corporation

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Culturally Desirable

Commercially Viable

Technologically Feasible

„A critic is someone who pisses into a river and says look what a big stream I made‟ Robert Frost

Technologies for the Future?

Realistic Visions?
“…thinking of infrastructure as stable, as uniform, as seamless, and as universally available is clearly problematic. It is not merely a dream of a world not yet realised it is a dream of a world that could never be realised”

“…postulating a seamless infrastructure is a strategy whereby the messy present can be ignored…infrastructure is always unevenly distributed, always messy”

Bell and Dourish

Solidarity

Sociality Health Gender

Obligation & Reciprocity

Class Place Networks

Infrastructure

Community

Education

Social Capital

Competency

Economics

Messiness

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Some Assumptions and their Antidotes

“People, not users, inhabit the world. A „user‟ is something that designers create”
Redström (2006)

Users are Individuals

Smart Homes are Social Homes

Specific Devices, Specific Usages

"It can be anything you want it to be. This is the nearest we have got to seeing what I would call a universal machine."
David Hockey

Build Niche Products
Neutral

NEUTRAL
Market
Age

SILO
Specific Age Neutral

Product or Service

Build it All, Own it All

Technology is a „Solution‟

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