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>Datum:         Dinsdag 2 september 03
>Tijd:              14.00 uur
>Lokatie;        Theatrum Anatomicum- Waag Society
>Reserveren!   floor@waag.org
>Howard Rheingold gaat dinsdagmiddag tijdens een gesprek olv Marleen 
>Stikker in op zijn boek Smartmobs-  De discussie is informeel opgezet 
>(beperkt aantal stoelen) dus graag reserveren .
>Onderstaande Engelse tekst is een korte samenvatting van zijn boek.
>Title:  "Smart Mobs: Mobile Communication, Pervasive Computing, and 
>Collective Action"
>Short abstract:
>Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify 
>human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already 
>appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest 
>adopters to support democracy and by others to coordinate terrorist attacks.
>The technologies that make smart mobs possible are mobile communication 
>devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive microprocessors embedded in 
>everyday objects and environments. Already, governments have fallen, youth 
>subcultures have blossomed from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have 
>been born and older industries have launched furious counterattacks.
>Street demonstrators in the 1999 anti-WTO protests used dynamically 
>updated websites, cell-phones, and "swarming" tactics in the "battle of 
>Seattle." A million Filipinos toppled President Estrada through public 
>demonstrations organized through salvos of text messages.
>The pieces of the puzzle are all around us now, but haven't joined 
>together yet. The radio chips designed to replace barcodes on manufactured 
>objects are part of it. Wireless Internet nodes in cafes, hotels, and 
>neighborhoods are part of it. Millions of people who lend their computers 
>to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence are part of it. The way 
>buyers and sellers rate each other on Internet auction site eBay is part 
>of it. Research by biologists, sociologists, and economists into the 
>nature of cooperation offer explanatory frameworks.
>The people who make up smart mobs cooperate in ways never before possible 
>because they carry devices that possess both communication and computing 
>capabilities. Their mobile devices connect them with other information 
>devices in the environment as well as with other people's telephones. 
>Dirt-cheap microprocessors embedded in everything from box tops to shoes 
>are beginning to permeate furniture, buildings, neighborhoods, products 
>with invisible intercommunicating smartifacts. When they connect the 
>tangible objects and places of our daily lives with the Internet, handheld 
>communication media could mutate into wearable remote control devices for 
>the physical world.
>Media cartels and government agencies are seeking to reimpose the regime 
>of the broadcast era in which the customers of technology will be deprived 
>of the power to create and left only with the power to consume. That power 
>struggle is what the battles over file-sharing, copy-protection, 
>regulation of the radio spectrum are about. Are the citizens of tomorrow 
>going to be users, like the PC owners and website creators who turned 
>technology to widespread innovation? Or will they be consumers, 
>constrained from innovation and locked into the technology and business 
>models of entrenched interests?
>Howard Rheingold <http://www.rheingold.com> is the author of:
>Smart Mobs <http://www.smartmobs.com>
>The Virtual Community <http://www.rheingold.com/texts/tft/>
>Tools for Thought <http://www.rheingold.com/texts/tft/vc/book>

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