Luke Robert MasonResearch Director, Philter PhactoryDirector at Virtual Futures@lukerobertmason@weavrs@virtualfutures
Virtual Personsin an Information Age
Online Social Network
Self Description
CyberCulture
“…boring!”
“…full of useless information.”
“…it will never take off.”
LOLCats.com
Cyber-
Cyber-Space
The EyePhoneThe Future is not what it used to be…
2012
CyberCulture
Culture
iTunes Cover FlowVirtual Music
iBooksVirtual Books
PayPal LogoVirtual Transactions
TamagotchiVirtual Pets
Second LifeVirtual Worlds
Social MediaVirtual Persons
Consensual HallucinationWilliam Gibson
Abstraction
Information
Who are we?
1931
Harry Beck
Interfacing with Identity
Information
Infosphere
First, electronic sensors got smaller and better. Second, peoplestarted carrying powerful computing devices, typicallydisg...
Feltron Report
MyLifeBits, Gordon Bell
What’s the point?
The Facebook MirrorPhoto Credit: Jennifer Daniel
A woman poses in a funfair hall of mirrors,               circa 1935
"Its not who you share with,’ its whoyou share as.”Chris Poole, 4Chan Founder (2011)
MySpace Angle
“Beauty through Obscurity”
Performing/ Subjectively Editing
"Media lets you clone pieces of yourself and send them outinto the world to have conversations on your behalf. Evenwhile y...
Inforg(Information Organism)
“our machines are disturbingly lively,and we ourselves frighteningly inert.”Donna Haraway, 1991
Infomorph
Darth Weavr
King Kong, @thatbigmonkey
Womblr
@parkinn & @HenryWeavr
“I Tweet Dead People”
“Im feeding my own persona into the Weavrs system andmapping out my own personal history. The Weavrs post, tweet,listen to...
Internet of Things
“The next logical step in this technological revolution(connecting people anytime, anywhere) is to connect inanimateobject...
SiriService-Based Personality
Talkie the ToasterFunction-Based Personality
WeavrsEmergent Personality
Darth Vader
Roomba Hoover
George Clooney
SaSi Sex Toy
Computer Wins on Jeopardy! Trivial,It’s Not.John Markoff - New York Times, February 16, 2011                              ...
1.  We Turn Our (Life) Narratives into Data.2.  Weavrs turn our Data Into Narratives.
Thank you!   http://weavrs.com        @weavrshttp://philterphactory.com
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  1. 1. Luke Robert MasonResearch Director, Philter PhactoryDirector at Virtual Futures@lukerobertmason@weavrs@virtualfutures
  2. 2. Virtual Personsin an Information Age
  3. 3. Online Social Network
  4. 4. Self Description
  5. 5. CyberCulture
  6. 6. “…boring!”
  7. 7. “…full of useless information.”
  8. 8. “…it will never take off.”
  9. 9. LOLCats.com
  10. 10. Cyber-
  11. 11. Cyber-Space
  12. 12. The EyePhoneThe Future is not what it used to be…
  13. 13. 2012
  14. 14. CyberCulture
  15. 15. Culture
  16. 16. iTunes Cover FlowVirtual Music
  17. 17. iBooksVirtual Books
  18. 18. PayPal LogoVirtual Transactions
  19. 19. TamagotchiVirtual Pets
  20. 20. Second LifeVirtual Worlds
  21. 21. Social MediaVirtual Persons
  22. 22. Consensual HallucinationWilliam Gibson
  23. 23. Abstraction
  24. 24. Information
  25. 25. Who are we?
  26. 26. 1931
  27. 27. Harry Beck
  28. 28. Interfacing with Identity
  29. 29. Information
  30. 30. Infosphere
  31. 31. First, electronic sensors got smaller and better. Second, peoplestarted carrying powerful computing devices, typicallydisguised as mobile phones. Third, social media made it seemnormal to share everything. And fourth, we began to get aninkling of the rise of a global superintelligence known as thecloud.The Data-Driven Life - The New York Times Magazine
  32. 32. Feltron Report
  33. 33. MyLifeBits, Gordon Bell
  34. 34. What’s the point?
  35. 35. The Facebook MirrorPhoto Credit: Jennifer Daniel
  36. 36. A woman poses in a funfair hall of mirrors, circa 1935
  37. 37. "Its not who you share with,’ its whoyou share as.”Chris Poole, 4Chan Founder (2011)
  38. 38. MySpace Angle
  39. 39. “Beauty through Obscurity”
  40. 40. Performing/ Subjectively Editing
  41. 41. "Media lets you clone pieces of yourself and send them outinto the world to have conversations on your behalf. Evenwhile you’re sleeping, your media —your books, your blogposts, your tweets—is on the march. It’s out there trying tomaking connections. Mostly it’s failing, but that’s okay: thesedays, copies are cheap.”Robin Sloan, Kanye West: Media Cyborg (2010)
  42. 42. Inforg(Information Organism)
  43. 43. “our machines are disturbingly lively,and we ourselves frighteningly inert.”Donna Haraway, 1991
  44. 44. Infomorph
  45. 45. Darth Weavr
  46. 46. King Kong, @thatbigmonkey
  47. 47. Womblr
  48. 48. @parkinn & @HenryWeavr
  49. 49. “I Tweet Dead People”
  50. 50. “Im feeding my own persona into the Weavrs system andmapping out my own personal history. The Weavrs post, tweet,listen to music, check in to places and learn new skills. Imcurrently running a series of 40 year old versions of myself thatlive in Munich”Marcus Brown, Army of Me
  51. 51. Internet of Things
  52. 52. “The next logical step in this technological revolution(connecting people anytime, anywhere) is to connect inanimateobjects a communication network.”ITU Internet Report, 2005
  53. 53. SiriService-Based Personality
  54. 54. Talkie the ToasterFunction-Based Personality
  55. 55. WeavrsEmergent Personality
  56. 56. Darth Vader
  57. 57. Roomba Hoover
  58. 58. George Clooney
  59. 59. SaSi Sex Toy
  60. 60. Computer Wins on Jeopardy! Trivial,It’s Not.John Markoff - New York Times, February 16, 2011 In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column Steve Lohr - New York Times, September 10, 2011Siri, Can You Hear me?Sam Grobart - New York Times, October 13, 2011
  61. 61. 1.  We Turn Our (Life) Narratives into Data.2.  Weavrs turn our Data Into Narratives.
  62. 62. Thank you! http://weavrs.com @weavrshttp://philterphactory.com

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