The future is private
They say. Privacy is advertised widely and is being used as an asset to promote products and services around the world.
But maybe privacy is overhyped. We created this experiment to play with our privacy and provide people training for a future when their location is being involuntarily shared. We simulated a post-privacy experience, to practice sharing location data with tangible strangers.
- Receive your pills from a licensed post-privacy specialist.
- Activate your pills by scanning the package.
- Select your preferred strength.
- Consume entire contents of the package.
- Build your post-privacy confidence with the support (and location) of people like you.
Edible Internet at Ars Electronica ’19
The experience was introduced for the first time during the Ars Electronica festival 2019 in Linz, Austria. Echoing festival’s theme of ‘Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution,’ we invited people to participate in an experiential satire on surveillance capitalism.
We created a WhatsApp group specifically for the event, through which participants could share their location with the others in the chat. By using a messaging platform, we gained the added bonus of communication within the group.
We chose pills as the physical element of the experience to highlight the intimacy with which we adopt technologies.
The metaphor helps us embrace the inevitable future (and hard-to-swallow present presence) of pervasive technology. We put aside our concerns, accept the fact that our locations are already being tracked on a daily basis, and swallow our fears.
Swallow your fears by joining our experiment here.
Humans behind the scene:
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