This week was the interactive city summit. part of ISEA2006. Featuring presentations from Matt Jones, Rebar, who did the widely blogged PARK(ing) project, and Troika who defended themselves (needlessly?) from their work in the commercial domain. They showed the widely blogged SMS Guerilla Projector. In some experiments they shone messages into people's apartments, and they bemusedly described people calling the police. Their next slide was about empathy, which they seemed to have none of; creating technology experiences that surprise and sometimes frighten people, so they can study their reactions? Take a look at an ethics committee guidelines for human subjects! (NB: I was reminded of the disturbing potential for this stuff when I saw Rob Walker's post about a popular (among cynical edgy youth, no doubt) text message in Iraq: "Your call cannot be completed because the subscriber has been bombed or kidnapped."
Stuff should be going up on the wiki but it was a bit of a dog's breakfast at last review.
Longer comments here.
Steve Portigal is the founder of Portigal Consulting. In the past 15 years Steve has interviewed families eating breakfast, rock musicians, credit-default swap traders, and radiologists. His work has informed the development of music gear, wine packaging, medical information systems, corporate intranets, videoconferencing systems, and iPod accessories. Steve is an accomplished presenter who speaks about culture, innovation, and design at companies like eBay, Adobe, Nokia, Hewlett-Packard, and Dolby Laboratories. He has a graduate degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Guelph and is an avid photographer who has a Museum of Foreign Groceries in his home.
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