The Emotional Body

Melissa Hellmund

melissa hellmund
Dec 16, 2016 · 4 min read

The hard times are finally over, a lot of destruction and segregation has fallen upon the world during the last 15 years; but there is hope again.

It all has come to an end with the successful and widespread implementation of nano technology, especially in the manufacturing and medical industries; that are the ones that have the means to invest in this development. At this point, man has started to solve many of the problems we had created in the previous decades, resources are slowly ceasing to be a problem and medicine has been revolutionised forever.

However, during the hard times, humanity had to turn from a consumerist oriented society to a more spiritual, connected life; otherwise, we wouldn’t have been able to go through the hardships. Resources had become very scarce, political systems had broken down, the economy was completely unstable and people had to start seeking happiness and a sense of purpose within themselves, rather than elsewhere.

Since the early 2000’s there were flourishing trends of a more integral view of our existence, people were exploring and realizing that our bodies and our minds are a lot more connected than we ever thought in the past: we discovered the power of our emotions and many joined this train of thought almost for survival.

Paralelly, advanced biometrics have enabled tracking people’s emotions and relating them to physical issues, many studies surfaced proving this connection and its value for preventive medicine. As a direct result, the different ways to deal with the body from the mind became especially interesting for welfare systems around the world and were enforced with different strategies (social pressure, prevention, focus on health).

People are completely used to data being collected about them, in fact, they need it to be able to guide their lives and decisions. The data is far more specific than it ever was, being able to track every single organ activity and chemical in the body has created a whole set of new unspoken rules in society; and it is all done uninvasively thanks to the creation of tracking nanobots that live inside every user’s body.

There are many emotional balancing products offered in the market meant for tracking, reading and sharing your biometrics, none of them is mandatory to use, but if you don’t have one, it just seems like you have something to hide. Either way, it can affect all the other spheres of your life if you don’t take close care of your body.

Welfare systems have become really strong influencers of society, they have taken medical prevention to the next level. They work towards avoiding any form of stress for people, because stress eventually evolves in diseases and that means economical costs. So they promote and ecourage a healthy person and a healthy society. Avoiding conflicts between people is a big part of what they strive for, of course it isn’t 100% possible but whatever they can do to prevent it, they will. Anytime someone has an “undealt-with issue”, it will be automatically expressed by their body and the more time the person takes to deal with it, the more people around them are be notified. For example, if a person has been angry for 10 days, their liver expresses it, and the people that relate to them on a daily basis get a notification saying, “you might want to be cautious around this person, he/she has a buildup of anger”. The longer a person is under this status, the wider the circle of people that get notified about it; criminals, for instance, are completely and explicitly labeled by society and no one in their right mind would get near them.

There are different privacy settings available for users, it varies within situations but in general, a person can file in a request for “looser” controls in the case of a specific event that might affect them more than is normal or for longer. The request must be justified with a real situation and is approved according to all the previously collected data, and the relevant crosschecks with data belonging to other members of the network. Usually and depending on the incident, the settings are adjusted for one month, in which only level one connections (close family and other appointed members) will receive updates on the person’s status; in the case the person hasn’t managed to solve their internal issues, an extension request must be filed, submitting new data. This helps maintain the person’s interest in recovering. Otherwise, the risk of sensitive information being sent out to the usual connections is run, which could affect social, professional and economical circles.

Healing nanobots are mostly used for physical injuries, or the cases where some disease is already spread or out of control. Ocasionally people take the over the counter sold ones to try to trick their Emotional Balancers but they know it is quite helpless to treat an unresolved issue without attacking its source because the physical expression of it will always resurface. Healthy members of society opt for having an Emotional Balancer in their homes, in order to timely take control over their emotions and bodies to contribute to a peaceful, healthy, balanced world.

Future Domestic Landscape

Design Fictions from the MFA Interaction Design programme, Umeå Institute of Design, 2015–2017.

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Future Domestic Landscape

Design Fictions from the MFA Interaction Design programme, Umeå Institute of Design, 2015–2017.

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