I was taking some bottles and cans out to my in-law’s garage for recycling when I saw a bunch of tall cardboard boxes to be discarded. In a creative burst I was downstairs with a box cutter, tape and markers starting to build a castle for my nieces and nephews. Two hours and a few beers later, my father-in-law, brother-in-law and I had created this very unique surprise for the kids. These moments are what fuel my creative fire and I hope to connect with that spark more often this year.
I keep thinking about the industrial revolution and wonder what it was like to live through it. It must have been exciting. The ideas that became the automobile, the assembly line and our modern way of life.
20 years ago today’s Internet would be considered science fiction… but here we are and It’s just the beginning. But where will we go from here? What will our great thinkers come up with next? How can you and I be a part of it?
In 2001 I was in Greece digging up pottery that hadn’t seen light for 2500 years. The site had aqueducts and complex street layouts. It is amazing to me that cultures were so advanced even back then.
Can you even imagine what culture will exist 2500 years from now? I don’t know if I can. If the world is still dominated by our species, relics of our customs and technology will most certainly be the building blocks.
I was running and letting my mind wander – thinking about a long life, children, passing of wealth and knowledge. I was thinking about how if I was gone that I’d like to leave something “more” behind. If I was gone suddenly, I wouldn’t want my child to be a lonely trust fund, waiting for the check – becoming lazy – wasting his/her life. I’d want to be there to lend support.
So here’s the concept: A company that sets up a will based on a series of conditions that the principle would create before passing. It would be calibrated from birth. You would log in and answer questions so that a series of algorithms log and dynamically quantify your decision making process pertaining to said child. If he/she goes though a rough patch, you would log how you handled it. The database would run in the background so you could test it and see how it was responding – this way you could course correct. You could plan on sending messages on future birthdays and graduations that pic up on your personal humor.
Your bereaved would login to attain any trust fund, inheritance and to set up “deceased access” based on how much after life contact that they want. If it’s to hard to get a text message from dad saying “I love you”, that could be turned off or on. If the packers won the super bowl maybe you’d get a text saying “We did it!” or if your favorite team just got a great new player you’d get a message saying “This team is going to be great now!”.
Also the distribution of inheritance could be situation based. It would be dispersed by the deceased based on situations over the course of his lifetime. You could have videos of the deceased answering questions and giving life lessons, stories and memories. If the bereaved was feeling blue, they could “call dad” and get some prerecorded kind words that relate to the situation… “Remember when you were six and you fell of the swing…”
just a thought…
As I talk about my concept with people I keep using the same example of the how it all works.
In Greek Mythology the people and the gods dramatic interactions caused conflicts. For the sea there was Poseidon, for the sun there was Apollo. Zeus, the lord of all gods and men unified men and gods and brought order. His protective cape or shield was called his Aegis. In the physical world people would see evidence of this when a cloud gathered around the elevated slopes of Mt. Olympus. Zeus’ Aegis was a cloud that brought order to the gods.
In modern times the people and web2.0 sites foster interactions and cause often cause conflicts and redundancies. For blogging there are sites like WordPress, for friend communities there are Facebook and Myspace. My concept, the a home for all sites would unify men and their sites and bring order. Zues’ Aegis would be a cloud and bring order to the web.
Still working on a name. I like the Hellenic theme, I can envision commercials where Myspacious and Diggious go on adventures though a modern Hellenic webscape. Storytelling the web this way helps less web savvy people follow the train of thought.
A chunk of code that you drop into your wordpress blog to make repost in Readernaut for instance.
I know that something like this exists. I have a profile on Arefuge.com and it will grab my myspace blog and post it in my arefuge. Which makes me think that the answer might be much easier than i originally thought.
Maybe the answer is twofold, a site/platform to host aquired info from user’s “linked” profiles at third party sites (myspace, facebook,)
I am developing a platform/site/… for users who’s needs, like my own, are not solved by one online community/website. With a component here and another from there I will conceive a solution. In the process I’ll define “who” the target user, but the overall theme will be main stream.
Why do people use the applications that they use? Why do people frequent the online communities and website that they do? What keeps them coming back? What is so pleasant about the Mac, iTunes and iPhone interfaces? What are my main complaints about software, communities and applications? These questions are at the heart of the console that I envision.
IPhone SDK Over the past couple of days I have been pondering the iPhones and it’s SDK. The iPhone is the forum and provides tools to enable creativity inside a branded framework. The fostered outcome presents a diverse spectrum of apps that are relatively easy to design and program. From a brand aesthetic standpoint the SDK makes application design “idiot proof”.
Myspace has grown from a networking site for bands and fans to a social networking bahemoth. It offers it’s users high exposure and CSS customizable pages, but tt’s poorly designed infrustructure limits the ability to create attractive layouts. There is an ever increasing amount of spam and advertising. I often try to pictorialize what an organic/realworld verson of a web experiance “feels” like. Myspace is a mix between a highschool yearbook signing and a fleamarket. Weather a person’s page i s the standard page or personalized, it looks low rent or immature at best, smells like cat piss and is unreliable and inconsistent. Those who use it, use it because it has become such a catch all. Unless a structural change is made, I see the Myspace gathering more and more users like bacteria. Eventually it will begin to grow mold and the only ones left using it will be vultures that have absolutely no concept of the modern web… or is that what it has already become?
WHY DO PEOPLE COME BACK? To communicate with friends on an established accessible framework, the music player, personalization and self expression. We can do better.
Facebook: GOODS Connects user to family/friends, gives user control of who can see what and how much of informaion is private/public to groups that the user creates BADS locks you into a utilitaarian format, no relevant cutomization optinons, app invites start to become junkmail, no good solution to including music/video/portfolio content. WHY DO PEOPLE COME BACK? Post-myspace way to stay connected on established accessable framwork, less bullshit, self expression.
Twitter: GOODS Quick, “this is what I’m doing, thinking or feeling right now” BADS It is so simple that it is a better as an add on.
What is next in the world of digital sound? While everyone is focused on distribution, platform, copyright and compression formats, I prefer to go steer another direction. What about the experience of audio itself? Yes we have new, higher quality sound systems every few years but nothing has really changed in the dimension of “music” since stereo.
I’m in a band and have logged thousands of hours in the studio for just a few albums… 100 songs maybe. I drop take after take and we use one final take. What about all of the other good takes that the rest of the band did as well? Thought is make a mp3 like delivery format that shuffles each individual recoded track. Every time the lister would enjoy a live feeling song that still has all of the production quality of the studio, but in addition reflects nuances of the singers vocal inflection or the guitar player’s different takes of the same solo.
In addition the tracks could be grouped. For instance a specific guitar part and drum part might always ply together, because the two parts would not make sense with out eachother.
Also the tracks would not shuffle indiscriminatly they would shuffle at markers, there would be volume control, effects that move and vary. It would be like a game or program almost.
Shit. I’ll write about the other thing next time.
Myspace, Facebook and even Twitter have become commonplace, ubiquitous and invisible. They have transformed from new ground-breaking culture-changing forces of nature to simple tools that we can’t imagine life or our inter-connectivity with out. Like the invisible web strands of mother culture, it shapes our new reality and last year’s reality is no longer relevant.
Application/Website Concept #1 – “HabitForming” or “Becoming” or ” MyProgram”
Let’s say you are a biker, like Tour de France not Hells Angel.
What if you could follow Lance Armstrong (like twitter), but more specifically follow his habits?What he eats, how much sleep he gets, workouts in detail, etc.
This is something that I am interested in. If I start a running regiment I can open the door and go, but life is busy and I want the time spent on running to optimize my experience. If I’m 17 years old and leaving for college in GA, I can show up and figure it out, but wouldn’t it be more advantages to follow someone who is already doing this? I can learn from their experiences. I can objectively sort their habits into positive and negative as far as it pertains to me. I could create a manual for living based on others experiences.
The song goes, “I wish that I knew what I know now when I was younger!” Well, maybe we all can.
The user enters habitual data through handheld or desktop on daily basis through a twitter/tumbler style blog (ie. w/ followers). A person’s profile can be private or public we varying steps between.
Data types/categories: basically anything that can be quantified
workout and timed habits, like running, reading, sleeping (start/stop times, calories burnt/consumed)
diet with food intake, what kind, time of day, etc
wake time, supplements, work type and hours, breaks, yoga, meditation, prayer, TV, computer use… expressions of love, relationships, products used, how you felt today compared to yesterday and even outlook on tomorrow.
Our consumption & function produces data and patterns that we rarely look at because they are second nature to us. Really this “idea” would be more of a program to help us program ourselves.
input, process, output on an individual level.
Followers can view and mimic things like wake time and diet or exercise schedule.
Data collection could come form various sources:
1. The app would ask you a series of set up questions like a survey…
“What time did you get up today?”
“Shower” “how long?”
“Did you work out this morning?”
“Do you get up at the same time every day?”
2. Your calendar, alarm clock and eventually Nike/wristband/other sources that want to jump on board.
3. You can start simply with large chunks and then fill in the blanks.
a. Wake/bed and food consumption.
b. Add descriptive info like what you actually ate.
i. a cache saves info that you input, so the app begins to learn your habits-making it easier for you to input info quickly and often.
c. Add a fitness module, etc
i. I went on a 5 mile run from 7am to 8:15am
The user can share as much or as little, but as the program learns the user, it becomes easier to add more.
What do you think?
So, I woke up last night in the middle of the night with this idea. I went to my computer and took down these basic notes. It was one of those instantaneous complete thoughts – the kind that can\’t be fully expressed before it leaves you.
Many different religions and eastern philosophies suggest that a way to self realization is by giving yourself away and not expecting anything in return. I believe that people want to share themselves, personal genius and life\’s lessons with the world. But how? Web 2.o is the wild west of the world wide web. Many great ideas all competing, conversing and expanding – like cells dividing.
I\’ve been exploring. I want to understand and internalize all of the current guard: Google, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, WordPress, Wikipedia, Dig, Delicious, Skimmer, Ebay, Amazon, Hulu, Behance, Daylife. I want to be born in to a mindset where these are common place and where web, handheld and desktop apps are a starting point for the future. I want to change the guard… even if it is just the concept. I want to be the dna that propells cell division.