THE MOST CONNECTED HUMAN ON EARTH
There just aren’t enough enigmatic people in this world. When I happen to stumble across one of the few that exist, I feel it my cosmic obligation to over caffeinate myself and stay up for days telling the world of my discovery.
“The most connected human on earth”, “Data Exhaust Cartographer”, “Apopheniac” “The Versace of Silicon”. Four years of wearing sensors, designing systems, applications and assisted experiences to bend reality to a gentle awareness in the wake of crushing information. The below interview with Chris Dancy is indeed worthy of my sleepless nights and blood shot eyes.
Chris Dancy is an artist. A sculptor of the future and one of the most brilliant minds I’ve had the privilege of meeting.
I BELIEVE IN YOUR VISION OF THE FUTURE AND WHAT YOU ARE CALLING THE “INNER NET”. IT’S GENIUS. CAN WE TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS?
The Internet of things are all the things that are around you and attached. They are all talking to your phone, through an app giving you feedback about your environment.
The quantified self are all things that are ON you or in someway providing you feedback about yourself. You marry the quantified self with the innernet of things you end up replacing the Internet with the “INNER NET”. You now have an experience that by its very nature is more intimate than anything anyone’s ever experienced. It’s one thing to google for a restaurant 2 miles away with a kids menu, it’s another thing to google the last time you’ve had this exact set of experiences and have information sent to you.
WHAT DOES IDENTITY LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?
People become what they relate to. 1900’S people related to and defined themselves (because of consumerism) by the brands they chose to use.
In the 21st century, identity will be defined by the information. That brands choose to present back to individuals. I call it “Perspective as a service”. The quantified self-movement is amazing because its re-introducing people to simple things like their sleep or how far they are running… But that’s very profound because from a branding perspective, you are becoming self-aware and your branding ties become secondary. Brand, identity and information have a very different relationship.
SO WHAT DOES A BRAND DO NOW?
I love the idea of a brand… but that’s like I love the idea of a good boyfriend or a good pair of jeans – they both wear out.
What can brands do for me to keep me intoxicated with this perfect love? People want brands to show them who they are.
THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!
FROM A PURELY AESTHETIC STANDPOINT, SHOULD A WEARABLE DEVICE LOOK TECHNICAL OR SHOULD IT BLEND IN?
There is a science fiction concept called “Uncanny Valley” – it basically states that you can’t make things too “real” as they may scare your viewer. Making a device that looks like a watch is actually smarter. There is a movement slowly back to analogy fashion aesthetic. Technology is becoming so advanced. You’ll be able to get sensors very small. Shoes have GPS, clothing that has small lighting details, etc. This is no longer fashion aesthetic, it’s more of a fashion experience.
LAST QUESTION AND A LITTLE FAR OFF TOPIC, BUT I’M DYING TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS – DOES OR SHOULD MINDFULNESS HAVE AN AESTHETIC?
Yes, it HAS to have an aesthetic. There are maturity levels to awareness. Clothing is the most intimate form of nostalgia we have. New clothing is the hope of future nostalgia. Last thought – Dystopia is for designers of the moment we hoped for, utopia is found in the art we create while participating in a world as breath taking as our awareness to our relationship to it.
THIS IS CERTAINLY A BRIEF, FOR ALL DESIGNERS + ENGINEERS FOR THE FUTURE.
Images: Chris Dancy