Project: 2.1 — Speculative Design

Interaction Futures & Speculative Design

Only the paranoid survive

“Only the paranoid survive.” — Andy Grove Andy Grove was a Hungarian refugee who escaped communism, studied engineering, and ultimately led the personal computer revolution as the CEO of Intel. He died earlier this year in Silicon Valley after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. Browsing the web I came across the story which is a bit disturbing: I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you. If you bother closing your door to keep your possessions safe, mind your data safety: How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour Cover… More

What is privacy

What is the privacy? privacy ˈprɪvəsi,ˈprʌɪvəsi/ noun a state in which one is not observed or disturbed by other people. the state of being free from public attention. Great explanation of the subject we can find on the Privacy International’s website: https://www.privacyinternational.org/node/54 But what exactly could be considered as private information? For everyone, there are personal understanding of the boundaries. There are also some classifications, such as ISO: http://www.iso27001security.com/ISO27k_Model_policy_on_information_classification.pdf or custom policies of particular organisations: http://www.weber.edu/iso/dataclassification.html A nice video by Privacy International could explain a bit more about privacy: https://media.privacyinternational.org/webm/Privacy101-low.webm… More

Our lives in data

So where would you like to place yourself?Every day, we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (according to IBM). That’s a lot on anyone’s scale. Most of that data is being stored and processed. It could say about us much more than we know about ourselves. The exhibition in the Science Museum “Our Lives in Data” pinpoints lots of the opportunities and threats of big data. All the data shows patterns which reveal things no-one could see before. The world is changing much faster than ever before. It creates tremendous possibilities to make life better and easier: dating apps… More

Hypernormalisation

The term “Hypernormalisation” was coined by the professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, Alexei Yurchak in his book “Everything was Forever, Until it was No More: The Last Soviet Generation”. He was talking about the reality which was created in the last 20 years of the USSR when it was clear that the system is failing, but no one had any understanding of what could be next and, after being brainwashed, people did not have even dreams about another society structure. So they maintained the pretence of the functioning society, over the time the “fakeness” was accepted… More

Finding inspiration: Design Museum

Looking for inspiration, I went to the Design Museum, as I always find something new there which could catalyze my creativity. Let’s take a look what thoughts I have got there: As the William Morris theme was still in my mind, I have stopped near the timeline with the fact about William. I remembered about his rejection of the industrialization and refusal of visiting the Crystal Palace. That made me think about the progress and people’s perception of it, as someone is open to everything new and happy to explore cutting-edge solutions when others afraid of it and prefer to live with stability… More

Stochastic Systems

Socrates once said: “The only thing I know is that I don’t know anything”. I can say that the only thing I am certain about is that I am not certain about anything, and I am not the only one. It is because everything in our life is not definite, everything is changing and ambiguous. But the human nature is to structure everything, to find a pattern, to predict and prepare for future events. That is why projects based on a speculation about the future always draw attention. Designers used to create a lot of innovative designs in the 50-ies of the… More