Journal article

From cyberpunk to calm urban computing: Exploring the role of technology in the future cityscape

Hannu Kukka, Anna Luusua, Johanna Ylipulli, Tiina Suopajarvi, Vassilis Kostakos, Timo Ojala

Technological Forecasting and Social Change | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2014


In this paper we will present studies aimed at uncovering the attitudes, needs, and expectations people have towards novel types of urban computing technologies deployed in a city. First, we conducted a storytelling competition to elicit future visions of how people imagined the role of technology. Second, we conducted a rapid ethnographic study using a mock-up prototype device in various public locations to gain a deeper understanding of how people would appropriate a specific technology, namely interactive public displays. Lastly, we collected ethnographic material through a diary study and interviews where people recorded their use of existing technology, and through these experiences, im..

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