Written in my notes from Foo 2014

Written in my notes from Foo 2014

A quote I used in Dan Saffer’s session on smart devices using data collection to attempt predictions around what their users might want:

“Today’s devices blurt out the absolute truth as they know it. A smart device in the future might know when NOT to blurt out the truth.” – Genevieve Bell

Also got to point everyone there to Steffen Fiedler’s fantastic 2011 project “Instruments Of Politeness”

You’ve all watched that Bret Victor MIT talk, right?

You've all watched that Bret Victor MIT talk, right?

Go. Watch it. Now.

Then read this.

“Right now, today, we can’t see the thing, at all, that’s going to be the most important 100 years from now.

We cannot see the thing. At all. But whatever that thing is — people will have to think it. And we can, right now, today, prepare powerful ways of thinking for these people. We can build the tools that make it possible to think that thing.

We cannot see the thing. At all. My job is to make sure our children can.”

I’m so glad he’s on it. Hope I can do something small to push in that direction while I’m here.