Living in an Ambient Intelligent World

Tom Lunney

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The contents of this book reflect the coverage given to the ethics of ambient intelligence at the Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence (SWAMI) conference (2006). The focus is on the ethical issues of embedding low visibility, networked sensors into ever more environments (called ambient intelligence or AmI in Europe and ubiquitous computing or networked computing in America and Japan). While AmI conjurors up a vision with an emphasis on greater user-friendliness, more efficient services support and user empowerment, there is also an inherent dark side when intelligence is embedded in the environment and accessible anywhere and at any time including by those on the move. This is because the ever-expanding scope of human activity within this electronic ecosystem raises a range of technical challenges associated with privacy, identity and security of vast quantities of recorded behavioural, personal and biological data. Additionally the increasing intelligence of devices and applications have implications for security, product liability and the demarcation of ownership and control of the available information. Perhaps the biggest challenge is related to defending the world of ambient intelligence against attacks from viruses, fraud, masquerade and general cyber terrorism. So it is timely that this book sets out to considers how and to what extent it will be possible to overcome the problematic implications of the dark side of ambient intelligence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-81
JournalInternational Journal of Ambient Computing and Intelligence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Sept 2009


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