How WE Create I


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Science and technology let you to create the person you want to be. How does the technology we create today enable future selves? What is the impact on identity creation, individual privacy and self-value?

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  • Success as stagnation:Rockstars: play only your most successful stuff, not what necessarily interests you nowPigeon-holed into what/who the mainstream
  • Going beyond our self: Mental MindsetsMusic: sets mental stateGame Character Creation (role-playing)You do to influence other people’s perception of you. You think other people’s perception will change.I feel better about myself when I perceive myself this way.Influence self-value.
  • How WE Create I

    1. 1. How WE create I<br />H+ Summit * June 2010<br />Heather Schlegel * heathervescent<br />
    2. 2. My Interest<br />We don’t pro-actively create identities<br />Structures encourage behaviors<br />Exploration of my personal brand<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />2<br />
    3. 3. The Mass Age<br />Marshall McLuhan<br />Douglas Hofstadter<br />Jaron Lanier<br />NY Times<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />3<br />
    4. 4. How I think about this<br />The way we create, experience and respond to technology<br />Value-sets: And the underlying values encoded in a system<br />June 2010 | Humanity PlusPhoto Credit: Machine Project<br />4<br />
    5. 5. Who are you?<br />Always the same person?<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />5<br />I’m not.<br />
    6. 6. Fragmented (Online) Identities<br />Anonymity<br />Pseudonyms<br />When your Identity takes on a life of it’s own?<br />Success as stagnation<br />Pigeon-holed<br />Strange Loops: Living in another’s mind<br />June 2010 | Humanity PlusPhoto Credit: Viss<br />6<br />
    7. 7. Extending our Identities<br />Identify Externally<br />Brands, Cars, Devices, Objects<br />Groups: Institutions, Communities, Movements<br />Music<br />Multiple Identities<br />Private<br />Anonymous<br />Alternates: Avatars, Game Role-playing<br />Physical modifications <br />Plastic surgery<br />Tattooing, Beauty enhancements<br />Cognitive enhancers<br />Attention, focus, “energy”<br />Research, Training and Drugs<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />Photo Credit: Brazil<br />7<br />
    8. 8. The Doors of Expression<br />Second Life<br />Gaming Worlds<br />Blogging, Twitter & MySpace<br />Personal Brands<br />Facebook ID Lockdown<br />ID Theft: Single White Female<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />8<br />
    9. 9. June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />Photo Credit: EvonneAmoration<br />
    10. 10. Do we get lost? (I get lost)<br />Avatars: Embodiment = Immersion<br />Caught in streams of influence<br />The Audience Effect<br />Participation & Motivation<br />Privacy<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />10<br />
    11. 11. June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />Photo Credit: EvonneAmoration<br />11<br />
    12. 12. Self-Value<br />What do we end up valuing?<br />What types of identities are valued?<br />How does one value self?<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />12<br />?<br />
    13. 13. Ownership of our Souls <br />Who owns your identity?<br />Projected<br />Perception<br />Remembered <br />Which parts are (truly) ours?<br />Betrayal <br />“I don’t even see you, I see the mental image of you in my mind.”<br />“I have conversations with the person you are in my mind.”<br />June 2010 | Humanity PlusPhoto Credit: EvonneAmoration<br />13<br />
    14. 14. The Truth is Easier<br />Real time life tracking & Public Diaries<br />Blogging (& Life Streaming)<br />Twitter <br />Flickr<br />Physically <br />23 & me<br />Zeo<br />Collective History<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />14<br />
    15. 15. And the point…<br />Identity is not created in a vacuum<br />Iterative, Evolves<br />The medium is the mæssage is the distraction.<br />In the end, I may create WE<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />15<br />
    16. 16. Finally: Who are you?<br />I – I hardly know, sir, <br />just at present –at least <br />I know who I was when <br />I got up this morning, <br />but I think I must have <br />been changed several <br />times since then.<br />- Lewis Carroll m<br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />Photo Credit: Jeff Christiansen<br />16<br />
    17. 17. Thank You<br />Heather Schlegel<br />aka heathervescent, The Purple Tornado<br /><br /><br />June 2010 | Humanity Plus<br />17<br />