self-ethnography 6I’m a big believer
in self-ethnography. Try new technology on yourself, what does it feel liketo use new technology, and how does that alter what you design and how you design.
what happens when you publish
your location online? 7As an example, in 2004 I hacked together a GPS, mobile phone, what would now be called anapp and a server to make a system that published my location on my website, live.
49So here’s what my DNA
tells me. Honestly, you don’t want to be a hypochondriac if you dothis. There’s quite a frissant when you click through the ﬁnal warning about what you mightﬁnd out. I’ve hidden the juiciest information, as this is being videoed - what diseases I’mmore susceptible to...
no such act in the
UK 51but nothing similar in the UK - there is an industry moratorium until 2017 - and who knowswhat public opinion will be by then. But I believe knowledge is power, and I’m glad I knowwhat I can try to change to overcome my genes...
53Now, I’m gay and a
lot less likely to have a kid, but if I did, this is the information I’d want toknow - genes that could be passed on and cause a genetic disease. Which opens a huge canof ethical worms.
63Which, of course, the community
at 23andme had already worked though and linked up soyou can see your results (turns out I’m never going to be much of an endurance athlete too).There is nothing that feels more like the future than watching TV, hearing about newresearch, and looking up things on your own genes.
1. taste nothing 2. tastes
bitter 3. the bitterest thing ever 67Let’s look for another taste: bitterness. [here everyone had an envelope containing a strip ofPTC, a very bitter chemical that can be tasted depending on a particular gene]A warning: some of you really won’t enjoy this.Who was in which group?
1. taste-blind 2. normal taster
3. super taster 68Those that can’t taste anything are considered taste-blind, and those that thought it was theworst thing ever are supertasters. But being super isn’t good!
“It is the business of
the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.” • Alfred North Whitehead, 1925 70I want to end with pretty much my motto for life, by Alfred North Whitehead, a philosopher ofscience, taken from his 1925 book Science & The Modern World.