A book for your reading list – Smart Mobs by Howard Rheingold. It’s my ‘eye opener’ book for the month:
“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.”
Smart Mobs is a major endorsement and exploration particularly of mobile and wireless network connectivity – from high tech Janpanese teenagers to orchestraed political activists in Europe.
“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 mutate into wearable remote control devices for the physical world.”