“User-Centric” by Bruce Sterling (1999)
This story dates from 1999. It was the first story I wrote where all the characters — although they’re obviously in a science fiction story — seem to know a whole lot about industrial design.
*”User-Centric” was originally published in “Designfax,” an industrial-design trade magazine. There’s a ton of ubiquitous-computing and Internet of Things riffing in here.