Social, Economic, and Ethical Implications of Ambient Intelligence and Ubiquitous Computing

  • J. Bohn
  • V. Coroamă
  • M. Langheinrich
  • F. Mattern
  • M. Rohs

Summary

Visions of ambient intelligence and ubiquitous computing involve integrating tiny microelectronic processors and sensors into everyday objects in order to make them “smart.” Smart things can explore their environment, communicate with other smart things, and interact with humans, therefore helping users to cope with their tasks in new, intuitive ways. Although many concepts have already been tested out as prototypes in field trials, the repercussions of such extensive integration of computer technology into our everyday lives are difficult to predict. This contribution is a first attempt to classify the social, economic, and ethical implications of this development.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Bohn
    • 1
  • V. Coroamă
    • 1
  • M. Langheinrich
    • 1
  • F. Mattern
    • 1
  • M. Rohs
    • 1
  1. 1.Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Institute for Pervasive, Computing ETH-ZentrumETH ZürichZüurichSwitzerland

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