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”
Martin Caidin went on to write “Cyborg”, the basis for the Six Million Dollar Man.
Coincidentally, the train I am on is making the ‘ackackackackackack’ noises that Steve Austin’s bionic enhancements used to make when he used them.
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.