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The world of magic is a world where inanimate objects come alive; it's as if they had computational power, sensors, awareness, and connectivity.

By saying that we'll one day be like Harry Potter, I don't mean that we'll fly around on broomsticks or play three-dimensional ballgames (though virtual reality will let enthusiasts play Quidditch matches). What I do mean is that we're about to experience a world where spirit inhabits formerly inanimate objects.

Much of the Harry Potter books' charm comes from the quirky magic objects that surround Harry and his friends. Rather than being solid and static, these objects embody initiative and activity. This is precisely the shift we'll experience as computational power moves beyond the desktop into everyday objects.


Nieuwbrief artikel van Jacob Nielsen uit 2002 is nog steeds actueel ;-)


• ALGEMEEN •
2005-08-09, door
Inne ten Have



Incantations for Muggles: The Role of Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Technologies in Everyday Life 
The title of my talk today is intentionally unclear. Who are the wizards and who are the muggles? From a techno-elite perspective, it's easy to strut our feathers, celebrate our wizardry, and mock those who don't understand what it is that we do. We can descend into the darkest spaces of the elite, but do we really want to be that hedonistic and eeeee-vil? In the Harry Potter series, our beloved hero is just a child, trying to understand the powers that he has been given without asking so that he may do well by the world, not just the land of wizards. What powers do we have? What is our responsibility in acquiring this much magic?

This title can also be turned on its head. Perhaps we are not the wizards, but the muggles. As we Twitter our way to friendship, scoring ourselves based on the numbers of 'friends' we can convince to subscribe to our existence, perhaps we lose track of what friendship and connection mean. We are so enamored by the technology that we think that is the magic upon which all life subsists. What if we build mirages instead of magic? The humanist in me believes that it is the invisible strands of love and compassion flowing through the ether that make up wizardry. Perhaps the magic is not in the technology, but in the practices that emerge from the seedlings we put out into the world? Perhaps our technologies are nothing more than pitiful efforts to replicate the magic that we do not fully understand.

Is the production of technology an incantation for the masses, a spell that will help them reach a higher ground, or perhaps be under our control? Or, does the incantation occur when everyday people perform their rituals through the platforms that we lay down? What do we assume when we think about magic in the context of Etech? Who are the magicians and are they really in control? What are the spells we cast on one another, the spells that technologists cast on society, and what are the spells that practices cast back on us?

In speaking with you today, i want to encourage you to step back, beyond the celebration of technology as magic, and look at it through a new lens. Isn't there something magical about how fast the Internet went from a defense project to a key part of social infrastructure? Isn't there something magical about how grandparents are blogging and activists are remixing popular TV shows to make social commentary? It is my belief that if we stare solely at the technology, we lose track of the true magic that exists around us.

The goal of my talk today is to get at what everyday people are doing with technology and how technology has become a ubiquitous part of everyday life. We often live in a fantasy of "If you build it, they will come." This techno-centric framing can be helpful to innovation - it allows us to engage our imagination, to go beyond our wildest dreams. But if we look at what technologies are adopted and how, we start to see that they fit into a set of pre-existing practices. They are adopted and adapted by people whose needs or desires they meet. Who are these people? How do we know what matters to them?

If you want to understand the magic behind a Penn & Teller show, you don't stare at the act and compare it to all other acts. You understand the physics possible behind the act. If you want to understand the success of a social technology, you can't stare at the technology. You need to understand the social practices that make it flourish. Technologies succeed when they support what people already do, what they want to do, and what they're required to do. Technologies become ubiquitous when people stop thinking them as a technology and simply use them as a regular part of everyday life.


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Een lezing van danah boyd op O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
2007-04-07, door Inne ten Have

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