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

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Why things matter


phase 2 and 3 are looking to be quite fun, interesting, and hopefully fruitful. I'm looking forward to some great brainstorming and conversation on IOT.

I came across a great article over at we-make-money-not-art by an engineer named Julian Bleeker. Its about blogjects, or objects that blog. Its an interesting take on IOT, Bleeker feels that IOT will endow objects and non-human beings (animals, insects) with a new kind of agency. As objects become connected they reveal themselves to us, more fully rendered than ever before, and in the process gain voice (not in the human sense, but in the sense that the information they gather and distribute form new dialogues, and that as a medium they will create new societal rules, spaces, and alter our behaviour patterns).

Bleeker seems to displace the human hand almost completely, his blogjects are not simply objects assigned tasks by humans, but fully endowed emergent voices.

It's also interesting how Bleeker prefaces himself by poking Bruce Sterling and his futurecasting work, before proceeding to do much the same although under the guise of "engineering" and "observable facts". Pretty revealing of the kinds of chasms that sometimes form between futurecasters, technical folk, and the rest of us (although I'm not sure which category to place Bleeker in, I'll let you be the judge)

and Bleeker manages to answer the age old question "If your toothbrush could talk, what would it say to you?" quite well.....

time to buy more toothpaste


  • At 10:11 AM, March 02, 2006, Blogger leslie* said…

    ok - my official FAVOURITE line from that is:

    "Sterling is an articulate and thoughtful sci-fi design agent and he can come up with words like “Spime.” "


  • At 2:28 PM, March 04, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

    Intersting article!!
    well for the pigeon... I have pigeon phobia.. so i don't know about that.. lol

    here is the qoute from article that I think is important..

    "The most peculiar characteristic of Blogjects is
    that they participate in the exchange of ideas."
    "Internet can become a place where social formations
    can accrete and where worldly change has at least a hint of possibility,
    what can we do to move that possibility out into the worlds in which we all have to

  • At 2:28 PM, March 04, 2006, Blogger Jasmin Kwak said…

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  • At 2:56 PM, March 17, 2006, Blogger jbleecker said…

    Wow, an Internet of Things blog! This is fantastic. I'm shoving this one into my aggregator — I'd be excited to see what develops. I'm trying to get together some further workshops on the topic in the near-future. This is important stuff! Much more important than refrigerators that can IM with the sofa..


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