(2005) Will it not provoke an identity building on the ability to change roles in communication environments?

18/04/2021 - 09:13

Unless we find new ways of scripting new forms of solidarities with digital technology, it seems like we can envisage two roads that both lead to less dialogue, less communication, less innovation, less business opportunities, less sustainable options. The one focuses on control in a fundamentally flux wireless environment. The other focuses on hiding the technological complexity behind ever more simple user friendly interfaces. In both cases there is no learning by citizens on how to function within such a system, thereby opening up all kinds of breakdown scenarios. 
Let us just say there is a window of opportunity. 

This is the fundamental change and the technology design challenge that we are facing in pervasive computing and the converging trend towards smart environments; the deliberate attempt of a technology to disappear as technology. In what respect will it alter our notion of the self as a more or less stable identity? Will it not provoke an identity building on the ability to change roles in communication environments? What kind of privacies lay hidden in our new connectivities? What will it do with our creative abilities as expert users to improve, challenge, build upon and advance a technology that is running in the background?

See also
https://www.disposableidentities.eu

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