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Making the future palpable: Notes from a major incident Future Laboratory

Buscher, Monika and Kristensen, Margit and Mogensen, Preben Holst (2008) Making the future palpable: Notes from a major incident Future Laboratory. International Journal of Emergency Management, 5 (1/2). pp. 145-163.

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we describe experiences from a future laboratory. Future laboratories allow users to experiment with prototypes of future technologies in as realistic conditions as possible. We have devised this method because, to realise the potential of advanced ubiquitous computing technologies, it is essential to anticipate and design for future practices, but for prospective users, it is often difficult to imagine and articulate future practices and provide design specifications. However, they readily invent new ways of working in engagement with new technologies and, by facilitating the realistic use of prototype technologies in future laboratories, designers and users can define and study both the opportunities and constraints for design. We present 11 scenes from a major incidents future laboratory held in September 2005. Many raise tough questions rather than provide quick answers. In addition, many also bring desirable and realisable sociotechnical futures into relief, illustrating the value of the future laboratory approach.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Emergency Management
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Ubiquitous computing ; emergency services ; participatory design
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
    ID Code: 54853
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 31 May 2012 13:50
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:31
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54853

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