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Heaven and Hell: visions for pervasive adaptation

Paechter, Ben; Pitt, Jeremy; Serbedzija, Nikola; Michael, Katina; Willies, Jennifer; Helgason, Ingi


Jeremy Pitt

Nikola Serbedzija

Katina Michael

Jennifer Willies


Elisabeth Giacobino

Rolf Pfeifer


With everyday objects becoming increasingly smart and the “info-sphere” being enriched with nano-sensors and networked to computationally-enabled devices and services, the way we interact with our environment has changed significantly, and will continue to change rapidly in the next few years. Being user-centric, novel systems will tune their behaviour to individuals, taking into account users’ personal characteristics and preferences. But having a pervasive adaptive environment that understands and supports us “behaving naturally” with all its tempting charm and usability, may also bring latent risks, as we seamlessly give up our privacy (and also personal control) to a pervasive world of business-oriented goals of which we simply may be unaware.


Paechter, B., Pitt, J., Serbedzija, N., Michael, K., Willies, J., & Helgason, I. (2011). Heaven and Hell: visions for pervasive adaptation. Procedia Computer Science, 7, 81-82.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011
Deposit Date May 29, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jan 30, 2020
Print ISSN 1877-0509
Electronic ISSN 1877-0509
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Pages 81-82
Book Title Proceedings of the 2nd European Future Technologies Conference and Exhibition 2011 (FET 11)
Keywords Pervasive adaptation; ubiquitous computing; sensor networks; affective computing; privacy; security;
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