Project 2: Resource Sharing in Vertical Cities

Parita, Ahmed, Gilbert and I met over the weekend and solidified on a general scenario that we would all like to explore, which is the idea of vertical cities. (This was narrowed down from a broader topic of mega cities. in the future) What if in the future we created tall buildings that would have everything we would ever need to survive in them? Spaces for living, working, shopping, being entertained, growing, and learning?

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Project 2 Progress: Free Association

I am currently trying to translate my research and ideas into something more palatable for a video. Below are pictures and descriptions of the beginning of a dystopian narrative, where people can no longer remember. I am unsure of whether or not I should weave this background into the video, or if I should make a video solely of someone using the imagined piece of “Free Association” technology.

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Digital Superstitions: Form Giving and Setting

I’ve been thinking a lot about my digital superstitions project. There are several outstanding questions for this work:

Form – What will the artifacts look like? I think the sweet spot here is something between familiar and unfamiliar. Superstitions are rooted in culture, history, and personal beliefs, and so it wouldn’t make sense for it to be¬†overtly¬†foreign. To try and figure this out, I’ve been looking into the form of superstitious objects people have now. There are a couple of categories:

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Future Robert Scenarios

Future Robert:

Imagine this: in the future, automation is widely used up to 70% of the world. For those heavy, labor costing jobs like assembling, manufacturing in a plant, they are replaced by robots. As a result, highly skilled people related to emotion and creativity are considered more valuable than today. In daily life, robots are also introduced, but these robots are “invisible ” somehow. For example a bio-robot hand looks just like normal hand.

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Project 2: Water as a sacred resource

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What if water became a sacred and scarce resource?
My initial brainstorming session led me to think about self-sufficient communities that would break away from the dependency of mainstream industries who control our resources. From there, I was intrigued with the idea of King Island in Australia, which is where the company “Cloud Juice” manufactures their expensive, pure water. The rain water is supposedly the cleanest water you can get. They filter the water from the rain catchment devices and bottle it up, hand polish each bottle, and send it off to restaurants such as El Bulli (when they were still around) and those alike.

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The future of languages

To continue with my research, I made a list of things would be valuable to us in the future. Some of these are apparent now and some would drastically change with our behavior:

– Brushing teeth like we do now
– Tying shoe laces
– Locking/unlocking with a key
– Reading analog watches
– Reading maps
– Tickets from public transport
– Books
– Photo prints
– Sharpening pencils
– Combing hair
– Talking in more than one language
– Communication in writing and speaking
– Reading Maps
– Manual signature
– Collecting pennies

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