A Manifesto for Networked Objects - Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of

A Manifesto for Networked Objects - Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of

Julian Bleecker released his "Manifesto for Networked Objects" which originally began as "some scribblings on what I learned from the workshop, seeing the groups' projects and so forth. It then grew into more of a polemic as I recognized what were some consequential stakes — why things would matter, or help, if Things were networked? Why would I want a world such as that? And how would I design interactions for such a world?" and ended up with this document than can be found here.

 

Abstract:

 

"The Internet of Things has evolved into a nascent conceptual framework for un-

derstanding how physical objects, once networked and imbued with informatic ca-

pabilities, will occupy space and occupy themselves in a world in which things

were once quite passive. This paper describes the Internet of Things as more than a

world of RFID tags and networked sensors. Once “Things” are connected to the

Internet, they can only but become enrolled as active, worldly participants by knit-

ting together, facilitating and contributing to networks of social exchange and dis-

course, and rearranging the rules of occupancy and patterns of mobility within the

physical world. “Things” in the pervasive Internet, will become first-class citizens with which we will interact and communicate. Things will have to be taken into account as they assume the role of socially relevant actors and strong-willed agents that create social capital and reconfigure the ways in which we live within and move about physical space.

 

To distinguish the instrumental character of “things” connected to the Internet from “things” participating within the Internet of social networks, I use the neologism “Blogject” — ‘objects that blog.’

 

Via: WMMNA

 


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