Intensive Movement in Wireless Digital Signal Processing: From Calculation to Envelopment
Source: Lancaster University
The paper broadly concerns the set of algorithmic processes associated with wireless networks known as 'Digital Signal Processing' (DSP). By virtue of its labyrinthine technical complexity, wireless DSP is a worst-case scenario for social science research into software and code. This specific type of real-time computation, however, is vital to proliferation of wireless services, devices and products, and hence to the recomposing-shape-shifting urban spaces they inhabit. The paper addresses the problem of accounting for the convoluted nature of the DSP associated with wireless communication. It argues that one can only understand what is at stake in DSP by changing focus away from abstract understandings of code, calculation and software to specific design processes that fold new configurations of space and movement into wireless network signals.