One of my favourite blogs out there www.janchipchase.com always leaves me with some food for thought. Through his elegant photos and his ethnogrphic studies of people he is a great source of inspiration and I recommend checking him out.
Entering Elevator, Social Contract - Jan Chipchase
“Welcome mat spanning the entire floor of this Handan elevator. To what extent does walking on a welcome mat imply some form of social contact? How about walking through a door? Picking up an object? In a future world of digital identification and interactable objects - walking on a mat could initiate a legal contract” - Jan Chipchase.
It does get you thinking. We’re likely to be the last generation that lives in a society of dumb objects - In the near future we’ll see a ubiquitous use of sensors creating an internet of things.
I came across William Gibson recently - a speculative fiction writer that has been dubbed the “noir pophet” of the cyberpunk subgenre (whatever that means wikipedia). He said, “I doubt our grandchildren will understand the distinction between that which is a computer and that which isn’t.” But could this really happen..?
What will this mean when we come into contact with any object? Will everything be implanted - the desk I’m sat at? The can I’m drinking from? Continuing from Jan’s thoughts… When our biometric info is out there, saved on some massive database or just floating in the clouds, merely touching an object will create some kind of data transfer. Will we all start wearing protective gloves, bringing back the fashion of the Victorians? Well, people always say trends come back around…