The speculative future’s got me thinking

For the past 6 months I’ve woken up with a knot in my stomach. Either related to the impossibility of finishing all of my assignments by the time that they’re due, given the time we are given. Or the fear I’ll never understand the brains of people who understand code. Am I this person or that person? What am I good at becomes a question of who am I? A question I thought was solved through so many yoga classes, through so many scribbled in notebooks. We’re back to that question. But this time the question is followed by how did I get here? How did I make it to a floor, a room rather, filled with overflowing energy to ask the right questions, and create the things we need in the world. On days when I want to pound my computer into the ground, because I don’t understand how the fuck everyone understands the code on the screen, but me, I am reminded that not too long ago I believed I was stuck. I was stuck in an environment that was telling me I was good at something without giving me anything to prove I was. I was stuck in believing I could never get out of that situation. Until I believed I could be unstuck. In fact, I could re-believe in something completely and utterly impossible. In the midst of borderline panic attacks, and spurts of euphoria when my code finally does what I want, I peel myself away from the screen and observe the beauty within learning. Learning and trying, and failing, and questioning everything, and trying anything. For the 6 months I’ve woken up with a knot in my stomach, I think back in the 5 years I stood in front of a revolving classroom of students who believed I was more of a teacher than I ever believed for myself. In moments when I gaze around the floor and ask myself how did I get here I think back to all of the students I met, all the people who inspired me, and all the conversations that were had. And then when I find myself making a weird video about the speculative future, I think we have no idea how much our lives can change if we change our minds and have the courage to try. 

MUSCLE ITP 2016: Speculative Design

 Statement about the future

“We will grow from three to eight billion connected humans, adding five billion new consumers into the global economy” (singularityhub.com)

“The screen as we know it—on your phone, your computer and your TV—will disappear and be replaced by eyewear” (singularityhub.com)

With this said, in the future the screen will be nowhere and everywhere. We will be more connected than ever through evolved social media platforms that began in the 2000s. Our connectivity will be embedded in us at birth. We will be embedded with an identification chip at birth that is much like a social security number.

This number will be the way in which people will be able to connect with you. In order to connect with a specific person you need their identification number which can be triggered by the sensor in the chest or in the wrist. The sensor in the chest gives a person more information about a person, and implies a more intimate relationship. Whereas the sensor in the wrist is sent to people who are acquaintances, or strictly professional relationships. Once you have the identification information of a person you can connect to them by performing a specific series of gestures.

We will see the internet through our own eyes. This will be done through contact lenses. Your internet service and data package will depend on the eye contact lens you purchase.

Who: This technology will be for everyone living in and after the year of 2200.

What: A chip injected behind the ear of a newborn baby. Two sensors implanted in the chest and the wrist. The chip and sensors function in a person for the entirety of their lives, but once a person is of 10 years old they are eligible for holographic contact lenses that enable holographic access to what people of the 2000s refer to as the internet.

When: Identity chips begin to be implanted in implants starting in 2170. By the year 2200, everyone has identity chips and sensors in their wrists and chest.

Why: As predicted in the year of 2016, screens will disappear in the future and people will be more connected then ever. In an effort to bring the body back to our everyday movements, the body will become the center of how we communicate.

How: All hospitals will be federally funded and healthcare will be universally provided for everyone living on planet Earth. Hospitals will require elite equipment in order to perform such delicate and powerful surgeries.

Storyboard: The storyboard below shows the process of which a person is initially embedded with a chip and two sensors that will allow them to communicate throughout their life. At birth, a baby has a chip embedded behind their ear, which serves as their individual identification. This identification number is how people are contacted and tracked throughout their lives. Two sensors are also embedded in the wrist and chest. These sensors activate communication between people. The wrist sensor is for connecting with someone who is an acquaintance, or someone from a professional setting. Whereas activating the chest sensor is for people you are more connected with emotionally, i.e, a family member or best friend.

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Gestural language:

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Stage 1 relationship: This relationship is between two people who want to connect as acquaintances or in a professional setting.  This connection is activated through the wrist sensor of each person. Each person must press their wrist, where their sensor is located, for 10 seconds. Once the connection is made, they are able to connect with each other by following the gestural commands.

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Stage 2 relationship: This relationship is between two people who want to connect on a more emotional level. Examples of this relationship are close friends, family members, and more intimate relationships. This connection is activated through the chest sensor of each person. When people are ready to take their relationship to stage 2, they press themselves together in a hug for 20 seconds.

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Simulation of holographic technology

Scenario:

David, like all people in the year 2200, has a identity chip behind his ear, a sensor in his wrist and another in his chest. This all happened to David right after he was born in 2170, as he was one of the first groups of infants to be embedded with the new technology. David has only lived in a device-less world and only knows a screen to be one in which he projects by a gesture using his chip. Shortly after learning to speak David was taught the universal gestural language all people in 2200 understand and use to communicate with each other virtually.

From the time he was born until his 10th birthday, David could only project holographic images programmed and monitored by his parents. Once he turned 10 years old, however, he became eligible for contact lenses that allow him to project holographic images of virtually anything he could imagine. If he had a question about anything, he would simply hover his hand over his chip and make a gesture to project the answer in front of him.

David meets people all the time in the physical world, but doesn’t make a connection with them unless he chooses to activate one of his two sensors. If he activates his wrist sensors, this sends a signal to his identity chip that the relationship is formal, i.e. the relationship between acquaintances, colleagues, etc. One day when he is out he meets a nice girl named Yun. They hit off and want to continue talking in the future, therefore they decide to connect on a Stage 1 relationship. This is a relationship that enables both parties to communicate using their holographic capabilities, but it indicates that it’s not an emotional relationship.

After some time talking, David and Yun decide to take their relationship to Stage 2, which means they are close friends, or intimate partners. To activate this relationship, they must press the sensors in the chest together in the form of a hug for 20 seconds.

In stage 2 relationship, David and Yun can not only contact each other virtually, but they can virtually teleport to the location of one another. They no longer have to tell each other about their days and experiences through verbal communication, as they can simply bring each other to the location of each other. If their relationship grows stronger, they are even able to physically swap places through virtual teleportation.

 

Class 1 reflections: karate, dance, yoga

I am very excited to be in Muscle. Not only is it a great complement to my other courses this semesters, it fits perfectly in my personal ideas about design and experiences. As someone interested in how we learn, I’m looking forward to understanding more about the body and how it moves, as well as incorporating more physicality in projects.
I absolutely loved learning a bit of Karate with Hub. I think I told everyone I talked to the past week about it, as it proved how much movement creates positivity and encourages learning.
Over the weekend, I met with a friend who recently broke her hand in a skiing accident. Although, she’s not super  happy to be out of commission from the slopes, she believes that she is lucky to only have broken her hand. She had a fairly aggressive fall down a mountain, and said she believes it wasn’t worse because she exercises frequently. I thought it fit nicely with our discussion last week in discussing the importance of movement.
Reading: What I found most interesting about the reading “Where the Action Is” is talking about the progression of the computer as a communication device between humans and the computer itself. In looking at the progression from electrical to graphical, the interaction became much more of a dialogue. I have never studied HCI—this along with my other class, Always on, Always Connected has got me thinking a lot about our relationships with machines. Instead of learning how the machines can help us communicate, it’s almost as if we are learning more how to interact with a computer.