Technology is only technology as long as it is referenced as such
. As soon as it becomes ubiquitous and gets immersed into the social fabric it starts to become a part of the cultural conversation. It starts to become a discussion about something else.
Have we reached this stage already?
Three articles found on Experientias blog: Putting People First, all concern to some extent that it’s time to stop talking of technology as something in and of itself.
First is Timo Arnall, referenced in the last post, argues that the people producing the technological content need a different language, outside the technological vernacular
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. In order to get a richer understanding of what they are building for whom:
- But the technologies themselves often overshadow the user-experience and so far designers haven’t had language or patterns to express new ideas for these interfaces.
Then it’s Aradhana Goell, of IDEO:
- “When we look through the lenses of society (how we connect), mobility (how to move) and sustainability (how we consume), we realize that the world has changed dramatically in the last couple of years.”
And last but maybe most important, a very interesting post by Teemu Arina, which presents a lot of great insights, and a recommended read:
- I have a feeling that the question we pose today is wrong. It’s not about mobile anymore. For some people, mobile means the devices that we carry around as we move, usually hooked up to a cellular network. The truth is, the activities we go through online with computers and what we do with our “mobiles” cannot be seen as separate anymore. This convergence means our language needs to change or our culture will never understand its future.
– Teemu Arina