In the first week of the Pre-thesis class, Professor Ahmed led us to do a brainstorming exercise - Materializing Imaginaries Via Metaphors.
In the first step, we were asked to come up with three interesting themes or topics quickly.
Next, try and visualize these three ideas, thinking through five metaphors-weight, size, form, texture, and color.
Lastly, take two or all three of the ideas, and combine them into a new object representing all three of them as a hybrid entity.
I worked with Sharon on the final tasks. We selected Worlds-space, ship cockpit, small planet, and Props-spaceship, scanning instruments, empty medallion. Most of the tasks are related to space.
And we created different assets separately and combined them together.
For the ship cockpit and scanning instruments part:
I will work with Sharon on the final tasks. We selected Worlds-space, ship cockpit, small planet, and Props-spaceship, scanning instruments, empty medallion. Most of the tasks are related to space.
We already collected all assets that we need for our tasks.
Then, start to build some world parts.
Space part so far:
“Asking more of Siri and Alexa: feminine persona in service of surveillance capitalism.” by Heather Suzanne Woods.
From Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Amazon’s Alexa, Google’s Google Assistant, and Mi’s Xiao AI, when the smart assistant is turned on, the female voice is always broadcast by default.
Some people may say that “studies have shown that women’s voices are friendlier and less hostile than men’s, and the public prefer female voice as a voice assistant.”. But in real life, many reports point out that men’s voices, and even men’s names, are more persuasive and powerful in the workplace. …
For last week, our group’s story is:
Truman meets a snake in the park, who takes him to a fridge behind the bush, and inside the fridge, he finds a cake.
Once he eats the cake, asteroids start falling from the sky upon which aliens arrive.
Amidst the burning city, Batman suddenly appears in his batmobile and says, “Welcome to the real world!”
Since the story started in the park, I started with the scene.
Stalking has always been a serious social problem, and the victims are often mainly women. According to research, one in eight women has been stalked in their life in my country.
Sometimes it’s hard to notice in advance because it’s happening behind people’s backs. I want to make a wearable device that would allow the person being stalked can know the situation in advance and have enough/more time to react.
Here is my original sketch:
Sharon and I worked together this week on the project “Save the Elephant.” The poaching behavior of elephants has been repeatedly forbidden, and the effect is not very ideal. According to the report from the United Nations, poaching continues to threaten the long-term survival of elephants in Africa, where half of them are killed illegally. Thus, we want to design a wearable device that can improve the living conditions of elephants and reduce poaching.
The basic principle is that we will set many cameras in the forest that can detect human shapes. When a poacher is detected, the device will…
“Sousveillance: Inventing and using wearable computing devices for data collection in surveillance environments.” by Mann, Steve, Jason Nolan, and Barry Wellman.
“Wearable computing: Toward humanistic intelligence.” by Mann, Steve.
Sousveillance and humanistic intelligence proposed by Steve Mann from these two readings are very valuable when thinking about and designing wearable devices. Sousveillance disrupts the power relationship of surveillance when it restores a traditional balance that Bentham’s Panopticon’s institutionalization disrupted.
In the networked society, with the rise of new media, traditional surveillance is also changing. It provides governments and organizations with new surveillance tools, such as monitoring social networks, and allows…