Putting Band-Aids on the Digital Landscape

A retrospective from 2027

Weiwei Hsu
Dec 14, 2017 · 5 min read

Fake news, ad blockers. Those are all words that sound distanced today. However, the technology we interact with today was in a very state 10 years ago. Just 10 years ago, the attention economy (a.k.a the addiction economy) incubated several convinient products were offered to the internet citizens for free. But as the saying goes: “If the product is free, then you are the product.” Digital platforms grows and become out of control as they intake more and more data. With the American presidential election in 2016, followed by several data leaks with various silicon valley unicorns helped bury several of those monsters in the tech graveyards.

Tech products launched afterwards were band-aids of the attention seeking economy. We are now seeing different types of digital, and physical add-ons, plugins that give our sanity back. Though taking form slowly, more and more technologists are now understanding the responsibilities they carry and the importance of creating a humane medium, instead of endless imposed environments.

How Rasha copes with products that have eyes

In one way or the other, we have all been inviting autonomous actors that have eyes and ears into not only our lives, but our home. They just stare at us and evesdrop on our lives casually, in a way that has not been helpful.

Along with the glass dome, a stylized faraday cage is also her good companion
Rasha discovered Soft recently and decided to pass on the product’s information to the attendees of the event

Our Ten Year Commute

Stories from Post-Disciplinary Design at the Edges of…

Our Ten Year Commute

Stories from Post-Disciplinary Design at the Edges of Tomorrow, a course in CCA’s Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio that hosts a myriad of disciplines to envision and design for future public outcomes. Professors: Scott Paterson and Gregory Hurcomb

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Our Ten Year Commute

Stories from Post-Disciplinary Design at the Edges of Tomorrow, a course in CCA’s Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studio that hosts a myriad of disciplines to envision and design for future public outcomes. Professors: Scott Paterson and Gregory Hurcomb

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