Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Internet Enabled Personal Choice - The Culmination of Domesticated Information and Communication Technologies

Yanpei Chen and Xinrong Zhang

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2009-146
October 27, 2009

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-146.pdf

This report seeks to extend and apply the conceptual framework about the domestication of information and communication technologies. The domestication framework understands the adoption of technologies as a feedback process that converts technology artifacts from cold, lifeless tools to comfortable and useful consumer goods. This framework has been successful in helping us understand the adoption of past information and communication technologies, represented by physical and shared household appliances. We will illustrate how changing technology and business trends have posed challenges to the existing domestication framework and require a change in focus. At the same time, key aspects of the domestication framework remain helpful in understanding the adoption or rejection of technologies. We will extend the domestication framework to allow it to transcend the changing nature of technologies and consumers. We will then demonstrate the value of the extended framework by using it to project future technology-consumer trends and to identify innovation opportunities. The key result from our analysis is that the predominant technology-consumer relationship in the foreseeable future would involve Internet and other multi-directional networked technologies interacting with individual consumers. This interaction enables an ecosystem of technologies and allows consumers to directly participate in technology creation. Domesticated technologies would become more than just meaningful; they also become a part of who we are.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Chen:EECS-2009-146,
    Author = {Chen, Yanpei and Zhang, Xinrong},
    Title = {Internet Enabled Personal Choice - The Culmination of Domesticated Information and Communication Technologies},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2009},
    Month = {Oct},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-146.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2009-146},
    Abstract = {This report seeks to extend and apply the conceptual framework about the domestication of information and communication technologies. The domestication framework understands the adoption of technologies as a feedback process that converts technology artifacts from cold, lifeless tools to comfortable and useful consumer goods. This framework has been successful in helping us understand the adoption of past information and communication technologies, represented by physical and shared household appliances. We will illustrate how changing technology and business trends have posed challenges to the existing domestication framework and require a change in focus. At the same time, key aspects of the domestication framework remain helpful in understanding the adoption or rejection of technologies. We will extend the domestication framework to allow it to transcend the changing nature of technologies and consumers. We will then demonstrate the value of the extended framework by using it to project future technology-consumer trends and to identify innovation opportunities. The key result from our analysis is that the predominant technology-consumer relationship in the foreseeable future would involve Internet and other multi-directional networked technologies interacting with individual consumers. This interaction enables an ecosystem of technologies and allows consumers to directly participate in technology creation. Domesticated technologies would become more than just meaningful; they also become a part of who we are.}
}

EndNote citation:

%0 Report
%A Chen, Yanpei
%A Zhang, Xinrong
%T Internet Enabled Personal Choice - The Culmination of Domesticated Information and Communication Technologies
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2009
%8 October 27
%@ UCB/EECS-2009-146
%U http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2009/EECS-2009-146.html
%F Chen:EECS-2009-146