Vodaphone’s excellent series of insightful, culturally-aware essays on the mobile society has just released Issue #14. Pick it up..it’s free!
Mobile services are constantly breaching new boundaries, and will have an enormous impact on the logistics of life —both in terms of productivity and social networking. But the one most important basic feature will always be the ability to dynamically connect everybody with everybody else. So the question is: What do we want to bring together, exchange or take with us, and how can we do this when we’re out in the field? This time around, receiver levels a look at applicability issues — how can we work, learn, cooperate and know better using mobiles?
Mark Pesce, Jonathan Donner, Marc Prensky, James Katz (the enticing sounding “The future of a futuristic device”), Mark Lowenstein, Nathan Eagle and Alex (Sandy) Pentland, Lars Erik Holmquist, Sara Price and Yvonne Rogers, Jeff Pierce.
Why do I blog this I enjoy reading the professional conference papers, research reports, etc. They often deliver a few useful nuggets and insights. You often get the sense that the researchers would be much happier focusing on speculative implications and more free-form frameworks for expressing their ideas without having to constrain themselves with methdology and measures of success that are terribly instrumentalized (“how often did they press the go forward button?”) Receiver provides a welcome respite from the small, incremental knowledge contributions of the conference paper, I think.