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As people, we are more electronically interconnected than ever; through smartphones, medical sensors, the internet, self-driving cars, and a myriad of other applications that was unimaginable a few years ago. But what implications does that have for us? Are we using these miracles as a method for connecting to other human beings or furthering our knowledge of the world, or are we becoming slaves to these devices? Will we not be able to answer why we’re “not helping the tortoise”?
Privacy vs. Progress Amy Vernon @amyvernon
We're at the point where we can't have it both ways anymore. We can't complain about giving up our privacy at the same time that we're loving the technology that comes about as a result of the information we're sharing about ourselves.
The question remains whether we end up in the dystopian 1984/Minority Report world or a more hopeful United Federation of Planets/classic Star Trek future.
Interactive Fiction & the Hobbit Moon Map Nick Doiron @mapmeld
New wearable and handheld technologies let us bring fictional plot devices to life. What happens next?
In the new Hobbit trilogy, Gandalf has a map which can only be read under the light of the crescent moon. I wanted my own, so I set out on my own quest with an Arduino and some little-known properties of GPS. How can this update fiction and make our real-life experiences more awesome?
Liar, liar pants on fire! Can anthropology defeat self deception and help build better fitness apps? Krystal D'Costa @krystaldcosta
Apps like Fitbit appear to be driving a revolution in health by tapping into a sense of competition, but are they actually teaching us to be better liars? Social media has prepared us to be a culture of liars and even as we get braver at sharing the self we believe others want to see, we're still working really hard to maintain degrees of deception. Can these apps really change our behavior or will these apps fall victim to the status of a passing fad as we learn to game the system? What can anthropology teach developers about wearable tech to help drive an actual revolution.
I Don't Want Your Toothbrush, I Want Clean Teeth Chris Allick @chrisallick
2013 and 2014 were supposed to be "The Year of The IoT" connected devices and big data! A revolution was supposed to take place in which we would sit back and watched data, wearables, and sensors talk to each other, and magically our lives would be better. Well that didn't happen. And it might never. I've researched most, if not all, of the development platforms for people to create products for the IoT and I've found some interesting things about people's ability to understand scale and value.
Scaling human connectedness to drive behavior change Jacqueline Kurdziel @jqwilde
- How are people's tastes and habits evolving to respond to web-based human interactions?
- How good of a proxy is online human connection for offline interactions?
- How important is the human touch in spurring accountability and positive change?
- What models of technology mixed with human connection drive positive outcomes?
- What other industries besides fitness and financial services can borrow from these findings?
Making the Smart Office Reality Bernhard Mehl @kisi
- How can workplaces transition to a smart office?
- Old infrastructures like access and energy have to be upgraded to cloud-control
- Employees will have the possibility to control physical devices at work using their phone
- This generates interesting data about usage that might impact the way we plan and design spaces and makes it more efficient and fun to use.
- It also creates unexpected opportunities that we might not want or not have yet considered
Better Sex Through Technology Lux Alptraum @luxalptraum
Technology has long been used to make sex better, but recently a few devices have come to market that have the power to radically transform sex. From bionic strap-ons to devices that gamify pelvic floor exercises, it's an exciting time to be sexually active. This talk discusses some of the most exciting recent developments in the sex tech space – and what we might be able to expect in the future.
Fit Fashion:The Future of Wearables and Health Graeme Ossey @health2dev
Wearables are the hottest emerging trend in digital health technologies. Not only does is it tap into the mainstream quantified-self movement but allows greater points of engagement for providers and patients. This talk will cover the newest application of wearables in health care and discuss the potential development of this market.
Solutionism: Curating Future Regret Mari Kussman @metrofuturism
Quantified self is a movement obsessed with its own shadow. IOT promises better living through ubiquitous connectivity. So what are the metrics that we are using to measure success?
By observing Silicon Valley Ideology and it’s blanket application of Solutionism, this talk will explore mindfulness in a digital era.
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