Final project proposal

  1. The question that you would like to study

How has technology effected human relationships from what they used to be to what they are now to what the future might look like?

  1. The method/idea that you will engage to study that question

I will use speculative design to ask a series of questions that can lead to answers about future relationships.

  1. Your plan for the two weeks

study how people react with their technology and the emotions they feel towards it, what might happen if its taken away from someone. Mostly speaking with younger generations. For the first week I will speak to my peers and older, and study their relationships. The second week I will look at younger generations middle schoolers and see how they go about their relationships compared to older people.

  1. Short description of how you plan to document the work

ask a series of interview questions, challenge people to not have their technology on them so often and see how that can effect their moods. Researching the way technology can effect behavior and see how it is shaping the way younger generations relationships interact. Mostly interview and notes from observations based.

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probes

A pillow so people can interact with it to decide if they prefer a squishy pillow or a hard pillow and how they sleep with the pillow do they snuggle it or completely disregard it?

A shoelace that someone must tie and the technique they use to tie the shoe can determine something from their childhood a way in which they first learned.

A question asking someone to write the first line of a story. How they write the first line can determine what kind of stories they listened to as children.

The response I got for the pillow was that he preferred a squishy pillow and slept with his hands around the pillow.

The response I got for the shoelace was that he crossed the laces as his first step.

Lastly I forgot to put my last question in the bag, though I would imagine if I had he might have responded with a story starting as once upon a time, or many light years away…. This could have told me a little more about what he is like.

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Here is my design sketch it is based off the pillow, my idea is that for each year of life your pillow will mold to you and remain that way so you make keep an archive of your past pillows to see how with each year the way you interact with your pillow changes. Maybe implying something about what happened in that year.

The responses to my probe where more or less what I had expected, my questions where rather straight forward and I am not sure how they could have been answered differently.  I would say that the pillow probe was the best at saying something about the person because if I was to do further research you can learn a lot about someone from their sleeping patterns. Interaction with a pillow is an intimate thing.

Material Studies

The material I worked with was white out. The white out will attach to your phone through the charging outlet and be connected to your phone so it may track anything that happens on your device. The goal of the white out is to cover up an mistakes made by either you a friend or even just the phone itself. You will be notified of the errors because the white out will begin to drip one drop per error. This will bring attention to the fact that everyone is constantly making errors and we are lucky if not spoiled that we have so many devices to fix those errors. I do not feel that the white out ever showed it self to be perceptible. When I needed the white out to work I had to direct it in every way. So no matter the situation the white out was not functional with out direction. It remains silent and still unless something comes to interact with it but you will never get much of a response. It is important to know how an material works in order to make a design for it. The better you understand the material the better design you can create. The more you work with it the easier it can be to understand what limitations you might come across. A possible limitation that might come from this is over thinking the way people want to use the materials and therefor not allowing it to reach its full potential.

Perception Studies

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(LOST MY PICTURE OF MY DESIGN BC I LOST MY PHONE)

My intentions for my walking algorithm was to simple get a person from point A to a new destination.  My goal was to simple have a set of directions that could successfully guide someone. On my walk I was much more aware of almost everything I was walking past. I had to be aware of the amount of steps I was taking there for how long of a step I took. I noticed the more comfortable with the directions I was the slower my pace and the smaller my step. I think directions made me more aware of this because I was only focused on following the directions rather than being stuck in my own head or on my phone. Even one of my directions was to pay attention to my surroundings enforcing me to be aware.

 

An aspect of the users lifeworld that is amplified by my new design is how often we are holding our phones even if we have no intentions of using it or need it. My design will heat up as it touches your skin the longer it is on your skin the hotter it will get forcing you to be aware that you have your technology attached to you so frequently. As long as your phone is not making contact with your skin it will remain cool.

The script that describes how people use this technology is how obsessive even insecure we become with and without our phones. Many humans find it difficult to leave their houses with out a phone in there hand for security. It should be made present that so many people have this issues with their phones and need to be brought to their attention that life goes on without their phones, or simply we don’t always need our phone in our hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subversion exercise

For this week’s exercise, I created a small list of applications, and features that track your location at all times.

  • Bumble
  • Camera roll
  • Chase bank
  • Facebook
  • Flixster- movie app
  • Uber

We selected a private server as the surveillance technology to subvert. Our design is to have a top secret server that is only available to certain people who choose to use it to keep their information private. We took this privacy to an extreme and had it be placed underwater in a bullet proof bunker surrounded by sharks. If someone was to hack the server it would blow up. IMG_5779.JPG

For our second design we decided to create a setting so that a speaker like the echo dot can inform you when you are being tracked. The more extreme the tracking the louder the sound the echo dot will play. This is to inform people in the most calm way possible that they have a certain amount of apps that are “watching” them and if they want to minimize that they should.

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I believe the second design provides a better space for contestation between users and their applications than the private server.  With the speaker the users can actually choose to do something about the fact that they have multiple applications following them. Forcing humans to be aware that we are never not being watched even when in the “privacy” of our homes.  The private server though keeping your information private does not really make the user any more aware than if they were to be using a regular server, as many people do not understand the difference. People will be forced to pay attention to the way their applications or devices watch them, causing a potential form of discomfort hopefully leading to actions made to a safer setting.

I think only my second design would be enough to provoke contestation about surveillance considering it would probably constantly be going off annoying someone so much they would feel the need to take action. Although it is very possible people would also not have any interest in this information and would not want to purchase something that is always informing you when you are being tracked.  Most humans are aware that we are being surveilled by our devices but we do not seem to change our actions. Privacy is a very important aspect of many peoples lives though we willingly give up a large amount of privacy for applications that make our lives easier in many ways. I think other types of political actions would have to be made in order to get a real response from people to change their regular day to day actions with technology.

Subversion exercise

For this week’s exercise, I created a small list of applications, and features that track your location at all times.

  • Bumble
  • Camera roll
  • Chase bank
  • Facebook
  • Flixster- movie app
  • Uber

We selected a private server as the surveillance technology to subvert. Our design is to have a top secret server that is only available to certain people who choose to use it to keep their information private. We took this privacy to an extreme and had it be placed underwater in a bullet proof bunker surrounded by sharks. If someone was to hack the server it would blow up. IMG_5779.JPG

For our second design we decided to create a setting so that a speaker like the echo dot can inform you when you are being tracked. The more extreme the tracking the louder the sound the echo dot will play. This is to inform people in the most calm way possible that they have a certain amount of apps that are “watching” them and if they want to minimize that they should.

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I believe the second design provides a better space for contestation between users and their applications than the private server.  With the speaker the users can actually choose to do something about the fact that they have multiple applications following them. Forcing humans to be aware that we are never not being watched even when in the “privacy” of our homes.  The private server though keeping your information private does not really make the user any more aware than if they were to be using a regular server, as many people do not understand the difference. People will be forced to pay attention to the way their applications or devices watch them, causing a potential form of discomfort hopefully leading to actions made to a safer setting.

I think only my second design would be enough to provoke contestation about surveillance considering it would probably constantly be going off annoying someone so much they would feel the need to take action. Although it is very possible people would also not have any interest in this information and would not want to purchase something that is always informing you when you are being tracked.  Most humans are aware that we are being surveilled by our devices but we do not seem to change our actions. Privacy is a very important aspect of many peoples lives though we willingly give up a large amount of privacy for applications that make our lives easier in many ways. I think other types of political actions would have to be made in order to get a real response from people to change their regular day to day actions with technology.

Dismount sign

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I took a picture of this dismount sign which I believe is democratic. This sign attempts to get people off there bikes and walking for the safety of other pedestrians. If you were to follow this sign appropriately then getting off your transportation would be done immediately, though since there is no one enforcing the sign many people do not obey. The intention with this sign was most likely meant to be more authoritarian and people would do as it says. When people don’t follow this sign other people follow creating a new standard to this sign as more of a suggestion than a rule. Not unless disobeying this sign caused an issues would people actually listen.

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For my design sketch I added thorns to the rim of the dismount sign that will pop up once someone with wheels of some sort or with a certain speed approach the sign. This design allows for the sign to be more authoritarian forcing people to get off their form of transportation or else deal with flat tires.

An app to help relax

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/app-tracks-movement-help-relax-even-back-cab/

Goal

The goal of this app is to help people “destress, refocus, and recharge anywhere, anytime as part of their normal lives.” Another goal is that anyone will be able to mediate without a master. These goals are assuming humans constantly have something they need to be de-stressed and relaxed for. It also assumes humans can give full trust to our cell phones to guide us through an ancient and what is meant to be a very deep practice.

 

Inverted Goal

The inverted goal is to create an app that disrupts you when you are not moving and seem to be in a relaxed state.  The app will track your heart rate and when you are the most relaxed an alarm will sound to bring your heart rate up to a higher pace.

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My design assumes that people could be so calm to the point of needing an alarm to bring them to a anxious state of mind. I do not think anyone would really have any interest in this app as it would really only cause people more issues.  People are constantly in a state of anxiety these days so an app that would cause more anxiety would be extremely pointless. I don’t think this design follows any of Senger’s design principles, it’s only making life more complicated for people and most likely ruining the user experience.