“Dad, why don’t you ask Siri where they are?”
I can’t be the only parent to have received this question while frantically hunting for their keys. It’s amusing, once you’ve found your keys. But the child’s view of the world that forms this question is important.
In less than 20 years mobile operators have blanketed the world in data networks that provide instant access to information. They have marketed and underwritten the cost of the devices that provide access to these networks, equipping the majority of adults in many developed countries with portable, location-aware computers. In the process they have enabled transformational change in media. commerce, and communication.
Have these developments fundamentally changed our personal lives? Our social interactions with friends, partners and family? Or have we bent the technology to our will, our ways, forming it around our own life patterns?
2G or not 2G – a sign of things to come
Home Invasion – an impact on home life?
Symptom or Cause – which came first, the network or the desire for change?
The 3Generation – the app economy
Personal Empires – new stars emerge
Digital Love – cannot date without your phone
Many Small Worlds – hyper-connectivity