My Wikipedia Associative Trail started with Screenshot #1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microchip_implant_(human)
Images above and below from Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory #14 Interactive Devices, Device Prototyping, New Interactions were found after a Google Image search for Ambient Intelligence.
I selected this essential Quote from Wikipedia Ambient Intelligence that may be the basis of my Inquiry Project. I am very interested in researching the Internet of Things related to human health and wellness.
In computing, ambient intelligence (AmI) refers to electronic environments that are sensitive and responsive to the presence of people. Ambient intelligence is a vision on the future of consumer electronics, telecommunications and computing that was originally developed in the late 1990s for the time frame 2010–2020. In an ambient intelligence world, devices work in concert to support people in carrying out their everyday life activities, tasks and rituals in an easy, natural way using information and intelligence that is hidden in the network connecting these devices (see Internet of Things). As these devices grow smaller, more connected and more integrated into our environment, the technology disappears into our surroundings until only the user interface remains perceivable by users.
The ambient intelligence paradigm builds upon pervasive computing, ubiquitous computing, profiling, context awareness, and human-centric computer interaction design and is characterized by systems and technologies that are (Zelkha & Epstein 1998; Aarts, Harwig & Schuurmans 2001):
- embedded: many networked devices are integrated into the environment
- context aware: these devices can recognize you and your situational context
- personalized: they can be tailored to your needs
- adaptive: they can change in response to you
- anticipatory: they can anticipate your desires without conscious mediation.
Ambient intelligence is closely related to the long term vision of an intelligent service system in which technologies are able to automate a platform embedding the required devices for powering context aware, personalized, adaptive and anticipatory services. A typical context of ambient intelligence environment is a Home environment (Bieliková & Krajcovic 2001).
To make the human health connection, I browsed medical implant and found this Wikipedia article:
As a recent member of the Medical Library Association, I feel confident researching this article further in their recommended Resources for Health Consumers. MLA’s Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) evaluates websites based on the following criteria: credibility, sponsorship/authorship, content, audience, currency, disclosure, purpose, links, design, interactivity, and disclaimers.
Final reflection: Wikipedia was a great place to start with tertiery resources to gain familiarity with concepts most unfamiliar to me in my formative line of inquiry. Interestingly, Wikipedia has articles about the limits of their information for academic research:
I was satisfied with finding a wide range of issues related to my potential inquiry project:
Will Human Microchips enable Ambient Intelligence to improve patient health and wellness?
Here is the link to the Google doc of my complete notes and screenshots for Associative Trail #2.
My final thought is how the psychology concept: Locus of Control relates to the personal experience/user experience of Human Microchips and Ambient Intelligence. In personality psychology, locus of control refers to the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them but this is another Associative Trail for a future vectorspace post.