Ubiquitous computing--almost imperceptible, but everywhere around us--is rapidly becoming a reality. How will it change us? how can we shape its emergence?Smart buildings, smart furniture, smart clothing... even smart bathtubs. networked street signs and self-describing soda cans. Gestural interfaces like those seen in "Minority Report," The RFID tags now embedded in everything from credit cards to the family pet.All of these are facets of the ubiquitous computing author Adam Greenfield calls "everyware." In a series of brief, thoughtful meditations, Greenfield explains how everyware is already reshaping our lives, transforming our understanding of the cities we live in, the communities we belong to--and the way we see ourselves.What are people saying about the book?""Adam Greenfield is intense, engaged, intelligent and caring. I pay attention to him. I counsel you to do the same." "--HOWARD RHEINGOLD, AUTHOR, "SMART MOBS: THE NEXT SOCIAL REVOLUTION"""A gracefully written, fascinating, and deeply wise book on one of the most powerful ideas of the digital age--and the obstacles we must overcome before we can make ubiquitous computing a reality.""--STEVE SILBERMAN, EDITOR, "WIRED MAGAZINE" ""Adam is a visionary. he has true compassion and respect for ordinary users like me who are struggling to use and understand the new technology being thrust on us at overwhelming speed.""--REBECCA MACKINNON, BERKMAN CENTER FOR INTERNET AND SOCIETY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY"Everyware" is an AIGA Design Press book, published under Peachpit's New Riders imprint in partnership with AIGA.
The idea of progress guided human expectations and actions for over two centuries. From the Enlightenment onwards, it was widely believed that the condition of humankind could be radically improved. History had embarked on an unstoppable forward trajectory, realizing the promise of freedom and reason. The scientific revolution, the industrial revolution, and the French Revolution, in some views also the socialist revolution, were milestones on this march of progress. But since the late twentieth century the idea of progress has largely disappeared from public debate. Sometimes it has been explicitly declared dead. The wide horizon of future possibilities has closed. The best we can hope for, some say, is to avoid regress. What happened to progress? Why did we stop believing in it, if indeed we did? This book offers answers to these questions. It reviews both the conceptual history of progress and the social and political experiences with progress over the past two centuries, and it comes to a surprising conclusion: The idea of progress was misconceived from its beginnings, and the failure of progress in practice was a result of this flawed conception. The experiences of the past half century, in turn, has allowed us to rethink progress in a more adequate way. Rather than the end of progress, they may herald the beginning of a new, reconstructed idea of progress.
Contrary to widespread expectation, the ending of the Cold War has not produced continuous harmony and cooperation in U.S.-Latin American relations. Instead, NAFTA seems to threaten as much as it promises; economic prospects have been shaken by the Mexican currency crisis; the "war on drugs" continues to escalate; and xenophobic reactions to the migration of Latin Americans into the United States, typified by California's Proposition 187, seize headlines and editorial pages. Spanning almost two hundred years, Talons of the Eagle tells the turbulent story of U.S.-Latin American relations from the birth of the United States and the new Latin American nations through the Cold War to the present day. Focusing not on U.S. policy alone, but on the intricate network of relationships between the United States and its neighbors, Peter H. Smith sheds penetrating new light on trends and events in the Americas. Beginning with the balance-of-power politics of the nineteenth century and efforts by the United States to establish its own sphere of influence in the New World, Smith describes the complex interplay between U.S. expansionism and Latin American reactions, which varied from lofty visions of continental unity to vigorous expressions of nationalistic and cultural resistance. Later, during the Cold War, Washington waged unremitting campaigns to eradicate perceived Soviet influence in Latin America, often allying itself with dictators and despots. Covert and overt American operations ranged from numerous attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro to armed intervention in the Dominican Republic and the invasion of Grenada; faced by stark alternatives, many Latin Americans turned toward socialist revolution and/or the pursuit of Third World solidarity. In the aftermath of the Cold War, U.S.-Latin American relations have now become dominated by economic and social questions, from drug trafficking and drug wars to illegal immigration from countries such as Haiti and Mexico. What happens next will depend on the same factors that have shaped inter-American relations in the past: U.S. policy remains heavily influenced by global concerns and the international climate, while Latin American responses tend to reflect the unequal distribution pf power that prevails within the Western Hemisphere. Blending analytical rigor with illuminating anecdote, Talons of the Eagle provides a highly readable and up-to-date account of U.S.-Latin American relations over the past two centuries and offers provocative insight into the future.