The past few days, amid all the goofiness in using my hands to make something tangible for my friend, my mind finally has passed the critical mass step where I don’t have to worry about all that was wrong, and the sum of all the correction to an old space have allowed my brain to thing about the things I usually thinking about; agrowbox2, agrowhome, big box, etc. I am very excited about these projects, and how they can help humanity either in the developed or 3rd world.
What still amazes me is that the issue of the world appears to be imbalance and the distribution of resources and things that cause humanity so many problems. It is a strange phenomenon, one which I see both sides clearer than ever, yet, the reality is the only think I can do to change the balance, is go out and try to build these systems and hope in 2-3 generations some systemic long term change might happen to improve humanity.
What is the biggest issue with such a thing? It is watching people and data. I am not going to lie, from 1994-2001, I lived on the Internet. It was an interesting world where for a few dollars you could link up to the planet. What I am seeing today, is not people exploring or asking questions, but rather, a larger percentage of society is feeding the digital drug dealer of sorts, and their need for a hit of digital drugs, as if a global Pavlov reward test, has attention spans shrinking at rates where I wager in 5 years, there will be a larger percentage of humanity living in some sort of augmented/fake world.
The sad part is these folks will be the early adapters for a larger system of how people will live in the developed world. It might look all nice and pretty, but is it good for human beings?
When I lived in n. Virginia, friends from around the world would come stay and ask if Disney designed the town and they just left out the characters from central casting.
The testing I have been doing with some algorithms, has led me to really be shocked at what the attention spend of a lot of the world is. In the 60’s they used to say you had 37 seconds to hold the average persons attention. In the 90’s a few, today…I wager less than a second. What does the market appear to be doing? Instead of refining or learning new ways to grasp meaningful attention – they line up giant robotic data spewing machines and open the floodgates.
Watching the American market on their mobiles and how a surprising large percentage of people are pushing digital data had me ask myself, “Why am I also feeding the machine? Why am I posting stuff out there? Is it because I have some insecurity issues? Do I need some psychological desire for a bit of “feel good it is” with posting a piece of me online?
I am happy to report I just post this stuff out there because I like writing up these thoughts and ideas each day, post brainstorm. The other reality is I won’t remember what I spoke about today, but like a diary – you can post it out on the Internet and no one will read it. So in a sense, maybe that is what this is.
But watching others. I think of people I know that actually survived heroin addiction. Most did not. But the few that did, all tell the same tale of how they took their first hit and then the drug took over their lives and controlled them.
This entire digital posting, and while it is nothing new, I had a tech friend that annoyed the heck out of me as he posted his every move in life. Brilliant mind, but do I really need to know what he ate, or when he took a crap? No.
So today, I wondered, is the web great for digital insecurity? Is that why so many people are posting stuff? Despite being able to walk into a café and have lots of people around, are we slowly becoming even lonelier as a society, even though we ha the ability to link to the world?
I don’t’ know. I watch people attached to their mobiles…is it insecurity and make up coming out through an augmented reality? Or is it that people need their hit of digital crack cocaine?
I guess this is why the idea of moving out into the middle of nature is so appealing right now. There is a frequency of living in nature, that I think man lost or is loosing as he creates his new world, while forgetting about laws of nature, instead quantifying data and thinking humans can evolve as fast as the data flow, or how fast a robot an mine it.
Just some thoughts, post brainstorm…now I go figure out how to make all the parts of my friends puzzle work out, write a note to the Mrs. and send her a cute t-shirt from lunch yesterday. Nothing fancy…but moving forward, not backwards. Just like make-up, there is a whole lot of insecurity in the digital world.
Take some time to unplug, or if you are plugged in – do it for yourself, not what others think. Just remember you will appear weird to the world if they can’t instantly get in touch withyou. in the old days we left a message. Now, people keep hitting the button over and over and wondering, “why are they not answering!!!’
Maybe we are busy doing something other than staring into a screen and posting what we ate for dinner and when our bodies expunged it.
Now…i spend my day getting ready for drywall, running electric, and moving mulitiple ideas for Agrowbox designs to the laser cutter. Cool beans!