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Computers, time and speed: Five slow tech case studies
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction. (ETHCOMP)
2014 (English)In: ICT and society / [ed] K. Kimppa, D. Whitehouse, T. Kuusela and J. Phahlamohlaka, Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014, 122-135 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines briefly the notions of time and speed. It introduces the notion of Slow Tech:information technology that is good, clean and fair, and places an especial emphasis on technologythat is clean. This chapter does not delve deep into the Slow Tech concept. Rather, it highlights a setof arguments about why speed is not always important or necessary. People are now increasinglybeginning to think about much longer periods and phases that may extend at least as long as theexistence of human beings on the globe. As illustrations, the chapter explores five specific casestudies. Each comes from a different location, yet all describe global implications and challenges.One example is in fact a mathematical model. Two sites, in sympathy with the location of theHuman Choice and Computing 11 (HCC11) conference, are from Scandinavia – one from Onkalo,Finland, and a second from Svalbard, a northern Norwegian island. A further two cases are from theUnited States of America. The logic behind these five case studies strengthens the arguments aboutwhy − with the support of the Slow Tech concept − it is increasingly important for society and itsmany stakeholders to question the current information and communication technology (ICT)obsession with speed and rethink the relationships between society and technology.

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Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2014. 122-135 p.
, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238 ; 431
Keyword [en]
action, case studies, life-cycle, myth, slow, Slow Tech, speed, thought, time
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Human Computer Interaction Media and Communication Technology Environmental Sciences Ethics Philosophy Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232905DOI: 10.1007/978-3-662-44208-1ISBN: 978-3-662-44207-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-232905DiVA: diva2:750190
11th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC11 2014
Available from: 2014-09-26 Created: 2014-09-26 Last updated: 2014-09-26

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