The contingent futures of the mobile present: automation as possibility

Pink, S, Fors, V and Gloss, M 2018, 'The contingent futures of the mobile present: automation as possibility', Mobiltiies, vol. 13, no. 5, pp. 615-631.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title The contingent futures of the mobile present: automation as possibility
Author(s) Pink, S
Fors, V
Gloss, M
Year 2018
Journal name Mobiltiies
Volume number 13
Issue number 5
Start page 615
End page 631
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge
Abstract In this article we outline and demonstrate a design anthropological approach to investigating automated mobile futures as a processual opening up of possibilities, rather than as a process of technological innovation. To undertake this we investigate the example of how the car-smartphone relationship is configuring in the contingent circumstances of the mobile present and the implications of this for automated mobile futures. Our discussion is set in the context of the growing possibility that automonous driving (AD) features are increasingly part of everyday mobilities (even if unequally distributed globally) and in which personal mobile smart technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) will exist in some form and will interface with humans and be interoperable with other technologies. In developing this we draw on ethnographic understandings of how people live with the possibilities afforded by technologies in everyday life.
Subject Communication Technology and Digital Media Studies
DOI - identifier 10.1080/17450101.2018.1436672
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN 1745-0101
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