The Helix

Speculative Design

Monica Huang
5 min readFeb 21, 2018

When your decision making in your mind is : “YES (I want this) , NO (I dont want this), (ahhh) YES YES!”

When one says, “It is meant to be”

When do people feel these ways? and why?

some possible ways on going about:

  • Buddhism
  • Feng Shui
  • Feelings
  • Fortune Tellers
  • Dream interpreting

How does Design help people dream, vision, future?

Examples of mix reality:

In the TV show, Stranger Things, when Will is able to see the Upside Down instantly, switching universe in a second.
Another scene in Stranger Things, when Will’s mother trying to contact Will, stucked in the Upside Down, with other medium: lights.

Deja Vu

“already seen” in French

“already lived through” experience

sudden feeling of familiarity while in a completely new place

experienced exact same conversation with someone before


  1. Hologram Theory — Hermon Sno(Dutch psychiatrist)

Deja vu is to recreate the three-dimensional image from fragment of the whole. Smaller the garment, fuzzier the made picture is.

Dual Processing or Delayed Vision — Robert Efron

2. Temporal lobe recieves incoming information twice with a slight delay between transmissions. First incoming information transmit, while the second transmission delays a bit, which might register it as a previous memory because it had already been processed.

3. “Memories” From Other Sources

4. One’s experience is similar to any stored memories, including our experiences, movies, books we’ve seen.

5. Epilepsy

  • one has repeated seizures
  • loss of conciousness
  • jerking movements
  • unusual feelings, sensations & behaviors
  • Electrical disturbance of this neural system generates an aura of deja vu prior to eplictic event

6. electrical stimulationof the rhinal cortices

  • one has repeated seizures
  • loss of conciousness
  • jerking movements
  • unusual feelings, sensations & behaviors
  • Electrical disturbance of this neural system generates an aura of deja vu prior to eplictic event

7. Past lives

8. alien abduction

9. precognitive dreams

10. fragment of memory we have

11. multi- univers — time, universes, frequency, parallel, wave



  • sit, sunglasses, imagine
  • cousin memory(postcards on the wall/ shuffling in dark room)
  • dilllusion
  • going back to one’s dream
  • Synced up reality and dream
  • rest to dream and imagine whereever and whenever
  • time travel- elements dissapear
  • mix of reality & thoughts ex) comforting context
  • step back dream
  • dream interpretordecode dream — telling one what to do — help clearer view on one’s relationship and better perspetive on life issues
  • reliving — the better way
  • going back into dream
  • recored dreams(files)
  • controlling dreams

Ways to approach

  • image overlay
  • hand gestures
  • image flashing(broken ish feeling)- when you dont quite remember
  • clear footage to sudden darkness


What if one’s past can be replace by new memories?

What if one take vacation in one’s dream?

What if one’s mind is able to control everthing, one does not need physical body?

What if one can relive moments?

What if one can edit past moments?


Is not life all about the minds and perspectives? One curates one’s moments in life, constantly editing the perfect life, the life that one wants to see and remember. One would be in pleasant modes all the time.


A.I. reads your mind to re-create images of the faces you see

neuroscientists at Canada’s University of Toronto Scarborough using AI to read minds — reconstructing images based on brain perception using data gathered by electroencephalography (EEG).

use one’s information to digitally re-create the face image stored in the person’s mind.”

used for?

  • visualizing memories or imagination for people to express themselves
  • law enforcement — create more accurate eyewitness reports about a potential suspect

DARPHA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) is an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of emerging technologies for use by the military.

On of Darpha project: “Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons.”

Used for?

  • therapies for sensory restoration.
  • help people who lack the ability to communicate verbally

Robert Knight, neuroscientist, at University of California Berkeley found “when people read aloud or read silently to themselves the neural signal in the superior temporal gyrus can be used to reconstruct the words. This finding suggests that a user could just imagine speaking a phrase, and a neural implant could record the signal and send the information to a speech synthesizer.”

Future Wheels

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