the Internet of Things [green]

Student Project for INDS 3B09: Design Research, Insights & Innovation
For the Industrial Design Department of the Ontario College of Art & Design,
team mentor Matthew Jones, Research Associate, Beal Centre for Strategic Creativity

Thursday, January 19, 2006

well if the "cool" kids are doing it. . .

hello everyone

there was some discussion after class today about actually talking about all this stuff we've been posting and reading about.

so i propose that we do it here [well not just here, but since we all have different schedules..]. maybe we could post comments under the links that are posted. .

we could also start discussions that aren't necessarily link based - shall i begin?


here goes:
did anyone see Oprah today [or am i the only loser here]? it was all about "How Stuff Works" - they had someone on talking about how the Internet works and how "things" communicate with eachother - and Oprah kept asking for physical representations, which I found very interesting. The guy eventually had to compare e-mail to the post office, complete with postmen.

this kind of thinking comes up a lot in the FLOW reader that is posted on mycourses - the need for physical representations of/in DataSpace.

long story short - the silly silly Oprah thing reminded me that the FLOW reader seemed very pertinent to our topic - well at least the articles I have read so far. In particular - "Welcome to Space of Flows" [article #1].



  • At 11:04 PM, January 19, 2006, Blogger heather said…

    mhm. yah! in the mapping communication essay Marco Susani talks about ways of seeing the intangible and how those things are represented in a society. which is sort of interesting because what does the given form reveal about the values and guiding principles about that society.

  • At 12:25 PM, January 23, 2006, Blogger Brian said…

    I also read "the space of flows", here's my summary for those who didn't read it.

    While the traditional definition of flow first put forward by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi focuses on particular states of consciousness on the individual level, Thackara discusses flow in terms that relate more to the study of cultural and economic systems, namely the flow of bodies, objects, and information. In a connected world, new patterns emerge at an astounding rate, and processes of cultural and technological evolution churn forward at an unprecedented pace.

    Thackara sees our preoccupation with technology waning in the wake of the dotcom boom and bust, a burgeoning sense of fatigue amongst consumers in the face of an excess of choice and immediacy. In our hyper technological present, “tech” becomes banal, a mere given. This development is a negative, he argues, our apathy towards technology also reflects a sense of apathy towards our generation’s most important political and social issues, issues that are now being weighed and decided upon by the world’s elite. He identifies flow as a question of power, those who understand, define, and control flow, gain power over those who do not. Political, Military, and Corporate entities have a vested interest in quantifying and controlling flow. It is a given, he offers, that these interests will make decisions for us without our consent or input. Complicating matters, flow is often invisible. Thackara sees the task of rendering flows more visibly within a society as a key to maintaining a healthy democracy. If a society is not aware of these unseen processes, how can it collectively make decisions, maintaina an informed discourse, and weigh important ethical issues.

    Thackara also offers another point of departure. Flow is powerful, and if we are able to get it right, the benefits can be transformative and empowering. Flow is not only a possible contributor to our social and environmental problems, but it is also as a possible solution. Flow can enable a kind of sensitivity and control in handling large systems that we have not had access to before. Frameworks can be created, that like the human nervous system, are responsive and can detect changes, and danger. If we work to design flow in a way that is democratic and beneficial, the opportunities become vast and offer great promise.

  • At 4:41 PM, January 25, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    yEha, that is interesting, hehe
    I also thought about the reading from "the space of flow " as well, Especially on the first article, it talks about flows and how it is going to impact our future for the designers .. Very intersting ah?


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