A Biometric Future
speculative design, art & biology, futures - fall 2016

Presently, we have a huge prevalence of quantified self-monitoring and tracking steps, calories eaten, time spent sleeping, sitting, etc. As more functionality comes from monitoring biometrics, more people are willing to share their personal data with the public. Biometrics are also useful for very important things such as authentication and health monitoring, showing a distinct vignette of an individual. When the frequency of sharing personal biometric becomes ubiquitous to gain utility, how does that scale with privacy issues and boredom of perfection? Can Hyper-personalization lead to experiential echo-chambers? A Biometric Future looks at this complex interplay in the not-too-distant future.
speculative design, art & biology, futures - spring 2016

Boost is a speculative design product that enables people to control their state of mind and broadcast it to others around them. In this imagined society, emotions are able to be captured and shared as easily as photos or videos.

The project is inspired by forms of mental augmentation, or ways in which people try to control not just their physical state, but their mental state. Paradoxically, humans are controlled by their brains, but we’ve seen a desire to turn that relationship around. Technology is becoming more and more intertwined with our lives, and although Boost is an imagined product, it provokes questions of how far we are willing to go. 
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