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Locating 'Agency' Within Ubiquitous Computing Systems

Swift, Adam Glen (2007) Locating 'Agency' Within Ubiquitous Computing Systems. International Review of Information Ethics, 8, pp. 36-41.

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Abstract

The final shape of the "Internet of Things" ubiquitous computing promises relies on a cybernetic system of inputs (in the form of sensory information), computation or decision making (based on the prefiguration of rules, contexts, and user-generated or defined metadata), and outputs (associated action from ubiquitous computing devices). My interest in this paper lies in the computational intelligences that suture these positions together, and how positioning these intelligences as autonomous agents extends the dialogue between human-users and ubiquitous computing technology. Drawing specifically on the scenarios surrounding the employment of ubiquitous computing within aged care, I argue that agency is something that cannot be traded without serious consideration of the associated ethics.

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ID Code: 46901
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: ubiquitous computing , autonomous agents, information ethics
ISSN: 1614-1687
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism and Professional Writing not elsewhere classified (190399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 The author and International Center for Information Ethics.
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