Title: The Future of Ambient Intelligence in Europe: the Need for more Everyday Life
Citation: COMMUNICATIONS & STRATEGIES vol. 1st quarter no. 57 p. 141-165
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC32466
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC32466
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Ambient Intelligence (AmI) refers to a vision of the future information society where intelligent interfaces enable people and devices to interact with each other and with the environment. Today, most of the technologies needed for the realisation of this vision are next-generation technologies that are not currently on the market, but are being researched by research institutes and corporate laboratories worldwide. In Europe, the IST Advisory Group (ISTAG) and the FP6 IST programme are strong promoters of the AmI vision. This article gives a short overview of AmI, focuses on its role in everyday life and identifies some of the major challenges and bottlenecks facing the concept. The paper argues that, although people are presented as at the core of the vision, AmI would benefit from a more substantial everyday life perspective that confronts users in their everyday lives with future visions and technologies. Some of the key issues raised by such an approach are identified and discussed.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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