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The lit world: living with everyday urban automation
Halmstad University, School of Information Technology, Halmstad Embedded and Intelligent Systems Research (EIS). School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
School of Media and Communication, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.
2017 (English)In: Social & cultural geography (Print), ISSN 1464-9365, E-ISSN 1470-1197, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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In this article, we develop and advance the concept of the lit world by bringing together literatures about everyday lighting, automation in everyday life and human perception, along with our ethnographic research into people’s experience of automated lighting in Melbourne, Australia. In doing so we formulate and argue for an approach to automation that situates it as part of everyday mundane worlds and acknowledges its entanglement with the emergent and experiential qualities of everyday environments as they unfold. We demonstrate this through the example of automated lighting, understood as a situated technology that has contingent effects and participates in the making of particular ways of seeing and feeling the world. We thereby argue for an account of automation that reaches beyond its potential for the management of human (and other) behaviour, to ask how the qualities and affordances of automated technologies might seep out of their intended domains, and create new perceptual and experiential opportunities. In a context where automation is increasingly prevalent in everyday life, such attention to the experience and use of automated technologies which already exist on a large scale is needed. Urban lighting is an example par excellence of automation in the world because it has a long history beyond the recent association of automated technologies with code and digital infrastructures. As scholars debate how automated technologies will become part of our future digital lives, understanding how people live in a lit world offers a starting point for considering how we might live with other anticipated algorithmic forms of automation. © 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2017. p. 1-20
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36505DOI: 10.1080/14649365.2017.1312698Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85017157182OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36505DiVA, id: diva2:1193215
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[Le monde éclairé: vivre avec l’automation urbaine quotidienne]

[El mundo iluminado: viviendo con la automatización urbana cotidiana]

Available from: 2018-03-26 Created: 2018-03-26 Last updated: 2018-03-26

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