The New Age of
Technology Enhanced
Intimacy
A collaboration between
Strategic Foresight @
University of Houston and OCAD U...
Project Team
Zahra Ebrahim
@zahraeb
architextinc.com
Karen Oikonen
OCADU
Research & Design
Heather Schlegel
@heathervescen...
“	Emotional Literacy is made up of ‘the ability to understand
your emotions, the ability to listen to others and empathise...
The current belief is technology is driving
us apart, increased isolation, informal
relationships formulate by false frien...
Is there an alternative
to the status quo?
#techimacy
Vulnerability
Intimacy Empathy
#techimacy
#techimacy
Experience true connection
go IN-LINE with UME
Connect with your closest loved one in an entirely new way. Open
yourself t...
UME
connecting how we feel
UME
is the global resource for connecting people. With over
25 years of experience, UME began b...
UME
connecting how we feel
EMP-CONNECT
EMP-CONNECT is a bio-patch that integrates your
personal physiology with technology...
IN-LINE
The first major new product from UME, allows
a complete connection between two people.
This includes mental, physi...
#techimacy
>	Wang Xiu Ying announces empathy
technology she successfully developed to
be used for Aspergers patients.
>	The Canadian ...
>	Huge technological advances are made in
encrypting private information when
broadcast publicly.
>	Social concern for “ov...
>	Canadian Government releases alarming news that fragmented
families are the social norm. The Canadian Institute of Healt...
>	The EMP-CONNECT early adopters are
sports athletes with integrated monitoring
technology included for coaching staff.
PGA...
>	IN-LINE Ceremonies replace weddings.
>	UME encounters religious pushback:
seen as interfering with “higher
connections” ...
>	EMP-CONNECT Surgery patients recover
faster. There is a surge in post-op children
with EMP-CONNECT caretakers and
nurses...
>	Couple die in house fire while IN-LINE:
don’t hear fire alarm.
#techimacy
>	Primary school rejects any students
without EMP-CONNECT.
#techimacy
>	People with UME dominate positive
headlines in education, politics, and
healthcare.
>	Open Government is enhanced as EMP...
UME
connecting how we feel
Join the conversation:
Tweet questions/comments to #techimacy
Thank you.
Zahra Ebrahim
@zahraeb
architextinc.com
Karen Oikonen
OCADU
Research & Design
Heather Schlegel
@heathervescent
...
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Presented at SXSW 2014: http://schedule.sxsw.com/2014/events/event_IAP21713

As the technology becomes a natural augmentation of our physical relationships, virtual interactions are becoming less of a substitute for physical proximity and rather a mechanism to extend and augment intimacy (play/engagement/closeness) between humans and machines.

Humans are drawn to create and sustain intimate connections with each other. This goes beyond a partner sex bond and includes close friends, family and work colleagues. Technology will increasingly facilitate and strengthen these deep human emotional bonds.

These deep intimate connections are not limited to human to human subjects. Technology will also facilitate deep connection with machines, computers, devices and sensors embedded in our world.

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  1. 1. The New Age of Technology Enhanced Intimacy A collaboration between Strategic Foresight @ University of Houston and OCAD University Tweet at: #techimacy
  2. 2. Project Team Zahra Ebrahim @zahraeb architextinc.com Karen Oikonen OCADU Research & Design Heather Schlegel @heathervescent heathervescent.com Carl Hastrich @bouncingideas bouncingideas.com bridgeable.com #techimacy
  3. 3. “ Emotional Literacy is made up of ‘the ability to understand your emotions, the ability to listen to others and empathise with their emotions, and the ability to express emotions productively. To be emotionally literate is to be able to handle emotions in a way that improves your personal power and improves the quality of life around you. Emotional literacy improves relationships, creates loving possibilities between people, makes co-operative work possible, and facilitates the feeling of community.” - Claude Steiner #techimacy
  4. 4. The current belief is technology is driving us apart, increased isolation, informal relationships formulate by false friendships on social networks, distancing us from each other. #techimacy
  5. 5. Is there an alternative to the status quo? #techimacy
  6. 6. Vulnerability Intimacy Empathy #techimacy
  7. 7. #techimacy
  8. 8. Experience true connection go IN-LINE with UME Connect with your closest loved one in an entirely new way. Open yourself to complete honesty, openness and engagement. Totally safe, this unique experience will connect you without any side effects. Impossible to describe with words, it must be experienced to be believed – how do you describe a “new colour”?
  9. 9. UME connecting how we feel UME is the global resource for connecting people. With over 25 years of experience, UME began by curing social disabilities and has never slowed in their efforts to connect individuals with true and open experiences.
  10. 10. UME connecting how we feel EMP-CONNECT EMP-CONNECT is a bio-patch that integrates your personal physiology with technology that you control directly, allowing you to experience the feelings of those around you, and share your world experience to those who care about you.
  11. 11. IN-LINE The first major new product from UME, allows a complete connection between two people. This includes mental, physical, visual, chemical and auditory connection and reveals a true, fully engaged experience. UME connecting how we feel
  12. 12. #techimacy
  13. 13. > Wang Xiu Ying announces empathy technology she successfully developed to be used for Aspergers patients. > The Canadian Institute of Health Research announce awards for scientists investigating the positive health impacts of emotional connection and empathy. > Cameron Tufnell (co-founder of UME) announcement about leaving Canadian military research results in controversy: this notorious weapons researcher has been seemingly hit by altruism. Announces his family has hereditary Aspergers. #techimacy
  14. 14. > Huge technological advances are made in encrypting private information when broadcast publicly. > Social concern for “oversharing” now being researched as a potential physiological disorder. > A beta tester opens up their EMP- FEED and shares emotions with anyone that signs up. Thousands of people tune into this person’s experience. The launch of radical emotional transparency. #techimacy
  15. 15. > Canadian Government releases alarming news that fragmented families are the social norm. The Canadian Institute of Health Research announces new funding for researchers focusing on “healthy connections” that bring families back together. > Property Developer Fred Dumo creates a UME community in North Vancouver, where all individuals must have embedded empathy technology. This ensures a neighborhood of only the financial elite and “good people who understand one another”. #techimacy
  16. 16. > The EMP-CONNECT early adopters are sports athletes with integrated monitoring technology included for coaching staff. PGA Tour won by Xing Pang who credits EMP-CONNECT for “just in time” advice. #techimacy
  17. 17. > IN-LINE Ceremonies replace weddings. > UME encounters religious pushback: seen as interfering with “higher connections” to God. #techimacy
  18. 18. > EMP-CONNECT Surgery patients recover faster. There is a surge in post-op children with EMP-CONNECT caretakers and nurses. #techimacy
  19. 19. > Couple die in house fire while IN-LINE: don’t hear fire alarm. #techimacy
  20. 20. > Primary school rejects any students without EMP-CONNECT. #techimacy
  21. 21. > People with UME dominate positive headlines in education, politics, and healthcare. > Open Government is enhanced as EMP- CONNECT is used to engage the public with political processes. #techimacy
  22. 22. UME connecting how we feel Join the conversation: Tweet questions/comments to #techimacy
  23. 23. Thank you. Zahra Ebrahim @zahraeb architextinc.com Karen Oikonen OCADU Research & Design Heather Schlegel @heathervescent heathervescent.com Carl Hastrich @bouncingideas bouncingideas.com bridgeable.com UME website: http://www.heathervescent.com/ume #techimacy

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