2014 volume 46(4) pages 837 – 851
doi:10.1068/a46177

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Kelley M J, 2014, "The semantic production of space: pervasive computing and the urban landscape" Environment and Planning A 46(4) 837 – 851

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The semantic production of space: pervasive computing and the urban landscape

Matthew James Kelley

Abstract. This paper suggests that as pervasive computing technologies have gained purchase in urban space they have also become more implicitly blended with everyday life and more contingent on information that is inductively compiled from Internet-based data services. It is argued that existing theorizations of the technologically mediated production of urban must engage with the increasingly implicit nature of informational transactions as well as the emergent semantic structuring of information. Drawing on examples of ongoing pervasive computing projects, implicit computing procedures are explored in relation to the mediation of everyday urban life. Literatures from computing science and geographical theory are brought into conversation in order to examine the consequences of a convergence between implicit pervasive technologies and the spaces of everyday life.
Keywords: pervasive computing, semantic web, ambient information, inductive intelligence, anticipatory technology, locative technology, mobile technology, geosocial media, urban space, everyday life, production of space, relationality, spatial practice

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