Cyborg Camp YVR 2013: Amber Case: “From Solid to Liquid to Air: Cyborg Anthropology and the Future of the Interface”

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“From Solid to Liquid to Air: Cyborg Anthropology and the Future of the Interface”

We are now entering into an era of liquid interfaces, where buttons can be downloaded at will, and software flies through the air. Phones have been untethered from their cords and are free to colonize our pockets. They cry, and we must pick them up. They get hungry, and we must plug them in. We increasingly live on interfaces, and it is their quality and design which increases our happiness and our frustration. We are tool using creatures. Prosthetics touch almost every part of our lives. Until recently, humans have used their hands and bodies to interface with objects. Early interfaces were solid and tactile. Now, the interface can be anywhere. The best interfaces compress the time and space it takes to absorb relevant information, and the worst cause us car accidents, lost revenue, and communication failures. This speech will discuss how the field of anthropology can be applied to interface design, and how future interfaces, such as the ones employed by augmented reality, will change the way we act, feel and communicate with one another.

Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist, examining the way humans and technology interact and evolve together. Like all anthropologists, Case watches people, but her fieldwork involves observing how they participate in digital networks, analyzing the various ways we project our personalities, communicate, work, play, share ideas and even form values. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location-sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding.

“She’s a digital native. She’s from the future. She’s come back to help us figure out how to think.” – Kris Krug, in Fast Company

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  • 1. From Solid to Liquidto Air: CyborgAnthropology andCyborgCamp YVRMay 11, 2013Amber Case, @caseorganiccaseorganic@gmail.com
  • 2. We areallcyborgs
  • 3. an organism “to whichexogenous componentshave been added for thepurpose of adapting tonew ambient spaces”Cyborg:
  • 4. Flickr: cybertoad
  • 5. h"p://farm1.sta.c.flickr.com/119/293670483_cbce23bdde_b.jpgFlickr:soylentgreen23
  • 6. Flickr: cybertoad
  • 7. Univac 1 ~1950’siPhone ~2000’s
  • 8. Traditional
  • 9. CyborgFlickr:futurestreet
  • 10. macy meetings - anthropologistsand scientists discussing humansand technology in 1941.
  • 11. I. PROBLEMS
  • 12. theautomaticproduction ofspace
  • 13. DigitalDark Age?
  • 14. Prostheticsand theirdiscontents
  • 15. Prostheticsand theirdiscontents
  • 16. HyperlinkedMemories
  • 17. simultaneous time
  • 18. PersistentPaleontology
  • 19. Panicarchitecture
  • 20. Emailapnea
  • 21. Flickr: GenoDMTemporarily Negotiated Private Space
  • 22. ambientintimacy Leisa Reichelt
  • 23. Flickr:  piet_musterd
  • 24. this isyoursecondself
  • 25. Interfacefor socialgrooming
  • 26. presentationof self indigital life
  • 27. II. INFORMATIONADDICTION
  • 28. Information JunkFood
  • 29. Junk Sleep
  • 30. Digital Hygiene
  • 31. InformationHoarding
  • 32. Intermittent reinforcement
  • 33. technosocialtrainingwheels
  • 34. Flickr:piet_musterd
  • 35. Many of us have becomeSkinnerian Rats
  • 36. psychologicaleffects+1
  • 37. DatabaseGames
  • 38. a conference on technology andsocietyNYC, Nov. 12-14 2009
  • 39. MentalMemory compression and
  • 40. Self
  • 41. Tech fills every momentLoss of the time tomentally defragment
  • 42. III. Quantified Self
  • 43. Of all of the newesttechnologies for findingfriends or dating:"I havemany friends, I have a wife"at the end of it all……the person I know leastabout is myself.” - JonLebkowsky
  • 44. Example: Lifehacking theSIMs
  • 45. Making theInvisible Visible
  • 46. Example: HarvardHappiness Project
  • 47. Example:Aaron Parecki’sGPS Map of Portland
  • 48. IV.HISTORY
  • 49. Self-Portraitof Steve Mann withWearableComputingApparatus1981.
  • 50. Diminished Reality vs.
  • 51. Adblock: Image recognition, processing and replacement
  • 52. Remember the MilkContextual Notification SystemsVirtual Post-It Notes with ImageProcessing1995
  • 53. SouveillanceMaybeCam
  • 54. Mann with modified MyVuGlasses
  • 55. Evolution ofProsthesis
  • 56. Present-DaySteveMann• Extremely lightweight equipment• Most people have this in their pocket
  • 57. III. PERSISTENTARCHITECTURE
  • 58. 1963:Englebart’sMouse
  • 59. Twiddler byHandyKeyCorporationOne-Handed KeyChording USBKeyboard
  • 60. Inputs
  • 61. Borg Group – MIT Media Lab
  • 62. Sandy Pentland
  • 63. ThadStarnerGeorgiaTech
  • 64. GA Tech
  • 65. Non-visualWearableTechnologies
  • 66. HapticCompassBelt
  • 67. V. Calm TechnologyFlickr: thriol
  • 68. Calm technology• Actions as buttons• Invisible interfaces• Trigger-basedinteractions
  • 69. AnInvisibleButton900m80m
  • 70. Functional Location-BasedReminder Applications, 2006
  • 71. @aaronpk’sHardware GPS Logger
  • 72. @aaronpk’s First Smartphone
  • 73. Data collected by@aaronpk over 4years2.5 million pointssince 2008
  • 74. Geotriggers:ManyInvisibleButtons
  • 75. your phone is aremote controlfor reality.
  • 76. What couldyour appdo if itknewwhere itwas? 900m80m
  • 77. Day in the Life
  • 78. But…
  • 79. BatteryDrain
  • 80. Solving theseproblems opens upa new world ofopportunity
  • 81. But…
  • 82. Location-based ads!
  • 83. So many morethings to dowith location!
  • 84. HomeAutomatioWhen you enteryour house, thelights turn on!When you leave,
  • 85. BringingWikipediato Life
  • 86. Real-TimeHyperlocalWeather
  • 87. Credit: Reid Beels
  • 88. Real-time location-based gaming
  • 89. mapattack.org
  • 90. Friction disappearsData becomes relevantwhen filtered by location• Actions are Reduced• Queries are Eliminated
  • 91. The best technologyis invisibleIt should get out of the wayand connect people.
  • 92. No longerthis…
  • 93. Thank you!Amber Case,Director, Esri R&DCenter Portlandacase@esri.comThis!