Amber Case is the original Cyborg Anthropologist. These are my somewhat disjointed notes from a great talk.
Ambient location and the future of the interface.
From solid to liquid to air: how we change state — buttons on the phone are liquid, not physical.How do they become air?
An anthropologist would look at our phones and think they were babies. We have devices in our pocket that cry and we need to pick them up and settle them down.
You need to feed them and put them to sleep at night.
We are 60,000 people in this room if you count the people we bring in with our contact lists.
You can add new contacts to your phone and it doesn’t get heavier. Print out all the documents and images files on your phone? It weighs 2,000 pounds.
Amber printed her Facebook wall on„, a wall. one month worth of data covered an exhibition sized room.
Ethereal storage is ephemeral. Stone carving is the most robust archival system we’ve found.
We are persistent paleontologists, digging into our email archives to find remnants of the past.
Nick Rodrigues, Email Garden: fake grass grew at the rate he receive email.
Technology and its discontents. It makes you look bad. We have superhuman powers. We can click a button and listen to what’s happening on the other side of the world.
Cell phones: the new cigarettes. Bus Stop? Phone comes out the way smokes used to.
Steve Mann: Wore 80 pounds of equipment in 1981 and live streamed his life. You become inhuman when you assume the position of typing at a laptop, scrunched down, shoulders slumped — he wanted the technology to adapt to HIM, not the other way around. Over course of two decades gear started at 80 pounds then 40, then 20, then 10. Now it’s all in a headset that does a laser projection onto his eye.
Diminished reality: camera over one eye, processing loop around the back of his head, broadcast camera in the other eye. He can get augmented reality messages from wife monitoring the feed. He can erase brands from his image that he doesn’t want to see.
Used one handed twiddler keyboard to write, up to 90wpm.
He edits Wikiepedia articles when waiting for green at crosswalks.
Skeumorphs: old tech simulated in new tech — book reading apps that give you a crumpling animation when you paginate. She really really hates this. Really.
Kelly Dobson: why do we teach machines our language — let’s learn theirs. Build a blender you turn on by whirring at it. (Danger: what if you have a dog??)
“Calm Technoogy” This just works, I get on with my life. Your actions become buttons. Invisible interfaces, trigger based interactions.
Haptic Location: wear a belt that buzzes your skin every few seconds locating North relative to your body.
Inventor wore it on his bike and discovered he had a sixth sense. He always knew where is house was. He knew how far he was. Why use vision for map and direction — should be compressed into another sense interface.
Your phone will be a remote control for reality. Put a geofence around your home, lights come on when you cross it. Tell your house you’ll be home in 5 minutes. Put a geofence at your bus stop, tell your phone to wake you up when you get there.