Attention Paid vs. Paying Attention in Pervasive Computing


Paradiso, J.A. and Siewiorek, D., “Attention Paid vs. Paying Attention in Pervasive Computing,” Guest Editors’ Introduction for the Special Issue of IEEE Pervasive Computing on ‘Managing Attention - Human and machine focus in Pervasive Computing,’ Vol. 19, April-June 2020, pp. 8-12


We explore the twin demons relating to attention that threaten our future and plague our present—unwanted attention paid to us versus our own attention being unwittingly diverted—i.e., the danger of living in a Panopticon versus the specter of our personal cognitive resources being fragmented and deleteriously diverted by too many competing digital factions that exploit intimate knowledge of their users (itself informed by ubiquitous sensing).

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