The Value of This Book and Its Main Contributions

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The uniqueness of this book is twofold. First, it is the first book published with

an explicit focus on the Interaction Society rather then focusing on the Information

Society. Second, its main contributions are that it provides both technical

and social aspects of the Interaction Society, as well as critical analysis of

the obstacles for work in the Interaction Society together with theories and

models of how all these aspects might be understood, explained, and even predicted.

This is a book about how new interaction technologies enables this society,

and how the use of this technology affects the individuals, groups and organizations

within our modern society. Yet another uniqueness of this book is that

it highlights the importance of mobility in relation to interaction and technology.

Finally, what makes the book unique is that it manages to combine technological

and social details with theoretical and analytical deepness and strengths. With

this broad approach taken to the subject it is hopefully an interesting book both

for the academic world as well as for system developers of new interaction

technologies, and ordinary users of these new services, technologies and gadgets.

While there has been some related books published that touches upon, e.g.,

how this technology enables new ways of working (i.e., “networking work” or

“the work in the network”) they have in some cases at the same time “black

boxed” the technology part of it. Contrary to this, the attempt in this book is to

take a close look both at the enabling technology per se and also on how the

role of IT has changed from being, e.g., a tool for advanced calculations, a

word processing device, an efficient method for storage and processing of data,

and an effective machine for transactions, to being an enabler and augmenter

of human-to-human-interaction and human-computer interaction.