Future Archaeology: Re-Animating Innovation in the Mobile Telecoms Industry

Laura Watts

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This paper unearths the zombie futures in the mobile telecoms industry, from the watchphone to the ever-pervasive notion of ‘ubiquity’ – all futures that never seem to die. It explores the practices by which the industry creates futures that endure over long periods of time, and points to different, experimental, approaches to innovation that might be done.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication Theories of the Mobile Internet: Materialities and Imaginaries
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2015
ISBN (Print)9780415731003
Publication statusPublished - 2015
SeriesRoutledge Studies in New Media and Cyberculture


  • zombie futures
  • mobile telecoms industry
  • watchphone
  • ubiquitous computing
  • innovation practices


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