Making Sense of Smart Living, Working, and Organizing Enhanced by Supposedly Smart Objects and Systems

  • Steven AlterEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 533)


The term smart is applied to many different types of things in today’s world, leaving the question of what is meant by the title of an IFIP 8.6 workshop called “Smart Living, Working, and Organizing.” This paper’s goal is to provide a conceptual basis for making sense of “smart living, working, and organizing.” It provides many examples of nominally smart objects and systems, presents principles related to smartness, provides a definition of smart that applies to objects and systems, presents dimensions related to four categories of smartness, and uses two brief examples to show how those dimensions might be used in thinking about how to make an object or system smarter.


Smart living Smart working Smart organizing Smart object Smart system Definition of smart 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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