Near Future Laboratory has a great article about the problem of trying to integrate everyday things into a computing paradigm.

“There’s a weird conceit in here, that the activities and practices of normal human beings will involve data processing and algorithms of some sort, which is an awfully big assumption. So big, in fact, that it has distilled down to a way of seeing the world as consisting of bits of data that can be processed into information that then will naturally yield some value to people.

Why not start with people and their practices and follow this through, without the assumption that something computational or data process-y is meant to fall out from that.”

Very powerful challenge to developers and criticism to those who exploit it. Check it out.

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