Last weekend was a surprise…
After some time that addicted products was in pause, I was honoured to be invited to the finals of the Interaction Awards in Amsterdam.
Well it went a bit further than i expected….Best in Show and Best in category Engaging!
Thanks to all that helped, supported, believed, criticised and laughed with me.
The video of the last talk at dconstuct in september.
Have to work on synonyms of somehow…
As i was mostly immersed in the talks and on my own anxiety to happiness rollercoaster, i feel i learnt some vital facts about life and the universe.
It took 26 years to get perfect mouse keyboard interaction. From now on we have to run.
The stevie wonder move is the new paradigm to pan a website with glasses.
There can be a programmatic approach to happiness.
Flickr can be a valuable external brain.
From Nicole Sullivan
My life on twitter will be more complicated than i thought.
In the virtual world laws can be bended, so it’s like italy.
I for sure don’t have enough sci-fi references in my pockets.
From Sarah Angliss
Parrots were the first form of piracy.
Spock and Kirk are a bit like Achilles and Patroclus.
Fanfic is an english term. Fanfic exists. Fanfic inspires software. Listen to people.
LSD was the coping technique for boredom, now surpassed by startups.
There is no switch to faces.
From Adam Buxton
There is an undiscovered potential of poetic talents between youtube commenters.
The internet looks exactly the way i thought.
Some better recollections from clearer listeners
However as my memory is short and biased, here is a bunch of very nice summaries of my talk and generally what happened at this year dconstruct.
For a quick glance, Some amazing Sketch notes by Eva-Lotta Lahm
Happily part of the how we co-evolve with machine theme by Lee Bryant
On the Guardian a nice review of the whole day by Honor Harger
and a random set of tweets
a jolly good day…ended as i expected
After a nice chat with Rob van Kranenburg one random night in a bavarian beer garden, i pushed myself to write something longer than a quick rant: a slightly longer rant.
Partly i just wanted to capture some of the thinking that came after dealing with so many toasters, but partly comes from the digestion of what’s happening around with so much buzz about connecting everything.
Somehow we take for granted that connecting products would add that “smartness” which will bring benefits to our lives, but connecting is only the first, simplistic step….
As part of connected/projected experiemental program here @ frog i came out with this rant about smart devices:
"We often hear about smart objects, smart homes, and smart cities. Are we aiming at the wrong target when we assume that everything needs to be smart? A drill should know about speed. A fridge should know about temperature. A toaster should know about toast. The real goal is not how smart each individual node can be, but how intelligent it can become while in a collective network.
This aggregation, translation, and horizontal connectivity is what creates new value and, ultimately, makes us smarter. Things will not only talk but explain what they do or what they need. They will follow one another, discuss, collaborate, create events, and complete tasks together. They will even fight and disagree. What if all my tools could collaborate as I build my house? What if they talked to other products and learned from their experience? What if they competed to be used or suggested what was best in a given situation? What if they learned with us and from us?
Today, a billion new voices are rising in the network. They will talk and be active agents in our lives. But it’s not just about talking. It’s about creating a worthwhile conversation.”
The first time that addicted toasters became a bit more public, in italian, but in a pretty amazing TEDx. Florence 2012.
Sorry for the absence of subtitles, but i promise it makes sense.
The story of Brad the toaster
The final vision of my graduation project.
It is the story of Brad, a toaster which is part of a new breed of products that love to be be used.
It shows the implications of agency of products in everyday life.
What could happen if a product wants to be used?