Why Things Matter (… things, matter… you get it?! *chortle*)
by Amy Woodgate
Bleecker, J. (2006). A manifesto for networked objects — Cohabiting with pigeons, arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things.
I used to think science fiction was the stuff of fantasy – food in a pill that tastes like the holographic entity it impersonates… nonsense, that never could be…. that was until Heston Blumenthal came along and made carrots impregnated with the tastes of childhood or Coca-cola made zero-calorie drinks taste sweet, no sugar added. Suddenly the stuff of Star Trek fantasy only 30 years ago is coming into modern-day focus. Clearer and more real than ever before.
You only have to look at Bruce Sterling’s ‘spime’ to realise just how quickly we have progressed even over the last 10 years: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spime
We have location trackers on mobile objects. We have exceptionally powerful GPS tracing. We have 3D printers. We use them all pretty much every day.
But ‘blogjects’ are really that different from checked-in humans on 4-square – their precise location mapped onto identifiable an meaningful pin-points. Aircraft are blogjects – but the bloggers within them make a whole ‘nother level of connections, adding to an already exceptionally large dataset… which isn’t being analysed, namely because we have no reason (at this stage) to do so and/or no tools to do this easily.
Although, focusing on the blogject recontextualises the lack of distinguishable difference between stuff and people – people are stuff too, made of matter that matter to other matter(s), leaving a trace which is also a mark on the matter it has touched. Interesting, stuff.
“History is the remnants of experiences Blogjects acquire.”
- How Stuff Is Made (HSIM) – http://howstuffismade.org/
- QR codes – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QR_code
- Radio-frequency tracking devices (RFID) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-frequency_identification
- Agency – “ability to foment action”… “Blogjects have no truck with the syntax of human thought. Things could not care any less about their Turing Test report card. Blogject intellect is their ability to effect change.”
- The Internet of Things – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_of_Things
- Big brother surveillance