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In The Bubble

Author : John Thackara
ISBN : 0262250373
Genre : Business & Economics
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We're filling up the world with technology and devices, but we've lost sight of an important question: What is this stuff for? What value does it add to our lives? So asks author John Thackara in his new book, In the Bubble: Designing for a Complex World. These are tough questions for the pushers of technology to answer. Our economic system is centered on technology, so it would be no small matter if "tech" ceased to be an end-in-itself in our daily lives. Technology is not going to go away, but the time to discuss the end it will serve is before we deploy it, not after. We need to ask what purpose will be served by the broadband communications, smart materials, wearable computing, and connected appliances that we're unleashing upon the world. We need to ask what impact all this stuff will have on our daily lives. Who will look after it, and how?In the Bubble is about a world based less on stuff and more on people. Thackara describes a transformation that is taking place now -- not in a remote science fiction future; it's not about, as he puts it, "the schlock of the new" but about radical innovation already emerging in daily life. We are regaining respect for what people can do that technology can't. In the Bubble describes services designed to help people carry out daily activities in new ways. Many of these services involve technology -- ranging from body implants to wide-bodied jets. But objects and systems play a supporting role in a people-centered world. The design focus is on services, not things. And new principles -- above all, lightness -- inform the way these services are designed and used. At the heart of In the Bubble is a belief, informed by a wealth of real-world examples, that ethics and responsibility can inform design decisions without impeding social and technical innovation.
Category: Business & Economics

In The Bubble

Author : John Thackara
ISBN : 0262701154
Genre : Business & Economics
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How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people.
Category: Business & Economics

In The Bubble

Author : John Thackara
ISBN : 0262201577
Genre : Business & Economics
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How to design a world in which we rely less on stuff, and more on people.
Category: Business & Economics

The Boom And The Bubble

Author : Robert Brenner
ISBN : 1859844839
Genre : Business & Economics
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Brenner demonstrates that the new economy was always a fragile phenomenon.
Category: Business & Economics

The Boy In The Bubble

Author : Zetta Elliott
ISBN : 1497444780
Genre : Fiction
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A mysterious boy from another planet chooses an unusual girl as his guide on Earth. Both children lead solitary lives: the girl lives under a rock and lives on a diet of dreams; the boy, encased in a bubble, is unable to touch--or be touched by-- anything around him. As their friendship develops, however, the mysterious boy and the unusual girl begin to recognize the limits of their sheltered lives. The two children quarrel, but ultimately they find a way to shatter the bubble that separates them from one another and the world.
Category: Fiction

Security In The Bubble

Author : Christine Hentschel
ISBN : 0816694311
Genre : City and town life
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Focusing on the South African city of Durban, Security in the Bubble looks at spatialized security practices, engaging with strategies and dilemmas of urban security governance in cities around the world. While apartheid was spatial governance at its most brutal, postapartheid South African cities have tried to reinvent space, using it as a "positive" technique of governance. Christine Hentschel traces the contours of two emerging urban regimes of governing security in contemporary Durban: handsome space and instant space. Handsome space is about aesthetic and affective communication as means to making places safe. Instant space, on the other hand, addresses the crime-related personal "navigation" systems employed by urban residents whenever they circulate through the city. While handsome space embraces the powers of attraction, instant space operates through the powers of fleeing. In both regimes, security is conceived not as a public good but as a situational experience that can. No longer reducible to the after-pains of racial apartheid, this city's fragmentation is now better conceptualized, according to Hentschel, as a heterogeneous ensemble of bubbles of imagined safety.
Category: City and town life

The Monster In The Bubble

Author : Andi Green
ISBN : 0979286026
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Squeek, The Monster of Innocence is afraid to try new things. He hides in his cozy bubble dreaming of all he could do if he just stepped outside. But what happens if Squeek's Bubble takes the step for him? Join Squeek through his whimsical adventures in The Monster In The Bubble.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Inside The Bubble

Author : Noga Niv
ISBN : 1941758045
Genre : Fiction
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Niv's Inside the Bubble examines the lives of five Israeli women living in San Francisco and the struggles they face raising their families and understanding their identities all while situated in the wild epicenter of technological innovation.
Category: Fiction

Life Inside The Bubble

Author : Dan Bongino
ISBN : 1938067363
Genre : Political Science
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A former twelve-year Secret Service agent and Maryland political candidate reveals how his experiences inside the White House as an agent protecting the president convinced him to resign and run for the United States Senate.
Category: Political Science

The Filter Bubble

Author : Eli Pariser
ISBN : 9781101515129
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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An eye-opening account of how the hidden rise of personalization on the Internet is controlling-and limiting-the information we consume. In December 2009, Google began customizing its search results for each user. Instead of giving you the most broadly popular result, Google now tries to predict what you are most likely to click on. According to MoveOn.org board president Eli Pariser, Google's change in policy is symptomatic of the most significant shift to take place on the Web in recent years-the rise of personalization. In this groundbreaking investigation of the new hidden Web, Pariser uncovers how this growing trend threatens to control how we consume and share information as a society-and reveals what we can do about it. Though the phenomenon has gone largely undetected until now, personalized filters are sweeping the Web, creating individual universes of information for each of us. Facebook-the primary news source for an increasing number of Americans-prioritizes the links it believes will appeal to you so that if you are a liberal, you can expect to see only progressive links. Even an old-media bastion like The Washington Post devotes the top of its home page to a news feed with the links your Facebook friends are sharing. Behind the scenes a burgeoning industry of data companies is tracking your personal information to sell to advertisers, from your political leanings to the color you painted your living room to the hiking boots you just browsed on Zappos. In a personalized world, we will increasingly be typed and fed only news that is pleasant, familiar, and confirms our beliefs-and because these filters are invisible, we won't know what is being hidden from us. Our past interests will determine what we are exposed to in the future, leaving less room for the unexpected encounters that spark creativity, innovation, and the democratic exchange of ideas. While we all worry that the Internet is eroding privacy or shrinking our attention spans, Pariser uncovers a more pernicious and far- reaching trend on the Internet and shows how we can- and must-change course. With vivid detail and remarkable scope, The Filter Bubble reveals how personalization undermines the Internet's original purpose as an open platform for the spread of ideas and could leave us all in an isolated, echoing world.
Category: Technology & Engineering