Friday, December 16, 2005

Howard Rheingold and Smart Mobs

Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive, used by some of its earliest adopters to support democracy and by others to "coordinate terrorist attacks. The technologies that are beginning to make smart mobs possible are mobile communication devices and pervasive computing - inexpensive microprocessors embedded in everyday objects and environments. Already, governments have fallen, youth subcultures have blossomed from Asia to Scandinavia, new industries have been born and older industries have launched furious counterattacks."

Howard Rheingold is an author and professor who writes about some very interesting social trends that are related to such topics as pervasive computing and digital networking. I have not yet had the chance to read any of his books but last night I listened to an mp3 recording of a very good lecture that he delivered at MIT. The lecture was on a recent book that he wrote called “Smart Mobs: the Next Social Revolution”. Interestingly the author also started a blog/website by the same name where he updates with new posts that are related to this theme.


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