dConstruct 2011 – a review

At dConstruct 2011 cyberspace was declared dead. Gone are the days when we dreamed about walking in second life, uploading our brain to the net and leaving our bodies behind to float forever in an infinite virtual space. Now we’ve abandoned the long stairway to cyber-heaven, where do we find ourselves? After scaring people for too long, technology has begun to hide itself. First it shrunk clunky boxes into shiny objects, then it transformed winding cables into waves of air. Suddenly it was behind our walls, underneath our floors and our offices and kitchens, and one day, without anyone taking notice, it jumped into our pockets and has not left us since. How do you design for a world where not life, but technology has become virtual, something that can do and be anything you can imagine, but that in itself has no particular shape or place? The answer is both complex and simple. It’s a lot like living in the old days: we share stories and create memories, we hang out with our friends and family and try to make sense of the world in which we live. But it is like living in the new days too, every object has its virtual doppelgänger, every move turns into data that can be tracked and traced, at any place we can connect with anyone and anything else. In a way technology has become more like ‘the force’ – an omnipresent faceless power that can be tapped into at any moment to use for… to use for what?

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  1. Technology is simply going in the direction of becoming extensions of ourselves.

    What’s ominous about it is that, as an extension of us, it serves as additional senses, or adds power to our existing senses. Humans are no longer bound by what their eyes and ears can tell them about their world, but instead, place their trust in technology to help them. Today, that’s apps on the phone in their pocket, tomorrow, that’s eye or brain implants.

    While our senses have all been tuned for us over countless generations throughout evolution, as survival mechanisms, these technologies are being clunkily built by corporations and disorganised groups, as profit mechanisms.

    As technology becomes an intrinsic part of being human, can we be sure it’s being built with our best interests in mind?

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