this morning I had a meeting in a café. it was unique in that it is a local shop and was filled with people talking to each other. later in the day, I went into the country’s largest coffee server and simply sat at the edge of a table and watched the people. before the mobile phone, I would brainstorm every day in café’s because I could look at people and get ideas. I rarely do this anymore in the USA as it appears most of the people are blissfully unaware of other human beings all around them because they are all staring into a phone, laptop, or pad device.
is this the future of society? as urbanization will go forth further, I wager soon buildings full of people will all not really interact all that much, as the idea of all of their needs is met by some algorithm in a box that will influence more and more control upon their lives.
it is a bit like the advancement of artificial intelligence in China. I read an article that they will soon start ticketing jaywalkers via facial recognition, linked to the cell phone for the payment of a fine. what that had me do is a flashback to a meeting in the early 90’s where we were working on the idea of spatial acoustic arrays and immersive audio. during a break over some coffee, I remember one engineer saying, “we should develop the application to link speeding to the cell phone and send the fine to the cell phone carrier.”
I guess it freaks me out a bit that it is going to come true, albeit not for speeding in a car, but walking across a street.
perhaps that is why I really am looking for riding out my last days in nature. I can crank out lots of ideas and prototypes with a computer and a few pieces of equipment – and for the higher tolerance needs – go into a city, as I pray the idea of maker spaces and manufacturing hubs evolves in a decentralized pattern – where nerd, dorks, and geeks can all get together and build things. currently, It appears that world has more people that don’t build anything, trying to tell people who do build things, “this is how you build!” (it is amazing how much money was and is wasted by universities and other political groups with this concept of maker innovation)
maybe we are all like the people I saw in the coffee shop. everyone has their habits and ways of doing something, yet, not too many are raising their head to ask each other, “what is the best way to build or change something.”
lately, it seems like the world is too busy getting behind an idea or message, making spiffy graphics or videos and pushing it out into society and pushing it out, until the next idea or message comes along – then repeat.
wouldn’t it be better to do more than push out a message or agenda and actually change – make a better space for humanity than just talk about it and/or blame anyone that doesn't agree with another's idea?
but that would require people to take their heads out of their phones in public and talk to other people that might be a bit different than them – to no longer be afraid of them – and maybe realize we are all humans. we all would like to be validated and loved.
nice dream, no?