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Software, objects, and home space

Dodge, Martin and Kitchin, Rob (2009) Software, objects, and home space. Environment and Planning A, 41 (6). pp. 1344-1365. ISSN 0308-518X

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Abstract

Through a series of interrelated developments, software is imbuing everyday objects with capacities that allow them to do additional and new types of work. On the one hand, objects are remade and recast through interconnecting circuits of software that make them machine readable. On the other, objects are gaining calculative capacities and awareness of their environment that allow them to conduct their own work, with only intermittent human oversight, as part of diverse actant networks. In the first part of the paper we examine the relationship between objects and software in detail, constructing a taxonomy of new types of coded objects. In the second part we explore how the technicity of different kinds of coded objects is mobilised to transduce space by considering the various ways in which coded objects are reshaping home life in different domestic spaces.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Software; objects; home space;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Geography
Social Sciences > NIRSA-National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis
Item ID: 3853
Depositing User: Prof. Rob Kitchin
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 09:46
Journal or Publication Title: Environment and Planning A
Publisher: Pion
Refereed: Yes
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