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Smoke Signals: Community and Empathy in an Augmented World


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Whether it’s wearables, like smart contact lenses and skin tattoos collecting biometrics, apps that integrate contextual signals like Swarm, or the full on vision of visual, gesture driven augmented and virtual reality, one of the keys for the augmented world to move from niche experience to a cultural movement may be coding into our systems ways to enhance empathy and new playful social identities; so augmented reality can enhance our connected empathic selves - our moods, feelings, hopes, fears, dreams, and compassion as well as our discrete, singular, data constructed selves.

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Smoke Signals: Community and Empathy in an Augmented World

  1. 1. Smoke Signals Community and Empathy in an Augmented World @tishshute
  2. 2. Poor Man’s Augmented Reality ..maximizing the usefulness of contextual signals to you without monopolizing your attention.. “What about a location aware app that knows where you and where all of your friends are at all times but is smart enough to know when you want people to know and when you don’t?” @panzer FourSquare’s Swarm (emoji surprise doge from Walter Ellly’s blog)
  3. 3. We are still at the very beginning of the augmented age. Descartes’ illustration of the mechanism of mind body dualism. Oculus VR Meta View’s Space Glasses
  4. 4. “ … I was at microsoft when the world wide web took off, and it definitely caught people by surprise… ...that all the computers in the world would spontaneously connect to each other.” “…The things that really matter are the most hard to predict….. “
  5. 5. Wireless Body Area networks New forms of connectivity and co-operation within and between body sensor networks - CEA -Leti
  6. 6. 1990s - Internet of Content 2000s - Internet of People 2010s - Internet of Things 2020s to 2050s - Internet of Human Body? How can we code empathy into the internet of everything?
  7. 7. “Different forms of social media encourage different forms of social identity” Tricia Wang. “The Elastic Self”
  8. 8. Smart contact lenses with sensors that monitor glucose levels for diabetics. Skin signals: This device, applied directly to the skin, can record useful medical information. Body Signals
  9. 9. What kind of exploratory, performative, and playful social identities will emerge with the internet of the body”
  10. 10. Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend Can the internet of the body enable performative, playful social identities that have just as much or more potential to heal as medical data on it’s own?
  11. 11. Will 2015 be the year of the empathic wearable? In The Future of Wearable Tech, iQ by Intel and PSFK Labs
  12. 12. Thank you for coming to AWE2014! @tishshute