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We are creating a world that could best be described as eburbia, the digital equivalent of the worst of suburbia. Yes, everything is connected. But in itself, this does not mean that there is any meaningful communication, much less community, or underlying culture. Here I will speak to some of the inevitable consequences of continuing down this path, and illustrate how we might benefit by thinking of our technologies using the same language employed in speaking about societies of humans, things like kinship, community, social mores, and moral order.
A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research,
Bill has had a 35 year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Fol-lowing a 20 year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher and inter-action designer, at the University of Toronto, Xerox PARC, Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded four honourary doctorates, is co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. Bill has published, lectured and consulted widely, and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, and a Distinguished Professor of Industrial Design at the Technical University Eindhoven. Other than his family, mountains and rivers are his first love.