Wednesday, December 22, 2010

To-Do List

Sterling Advice From ARE:

What are you doing? Think of yourselves as the worlds first pure play experience designers. Whose reality needs to be augmented? Is it the hardcore geeks? Are they the people who need you the most? Whose experiences really need to be redesigned?

The blind. Foreigners in a new reality. Confused, mentally troubled people.

Why do the wealthy need it? What is my $ doing to the world? Think of yourselves as the torch that lights our steps. Without vision the people perish. We could really use a good honest Internet tech boom right now, but you'd better take tactical steps. Get out of the hot bath, get dressed, have a coffee and make a solid to-do list. I'll be watching.

Bath was quite nice, thought about things for awhile. Coffee is brewing. To-Do list reads like this:

1. Fund AR by selling it to as many people as humanly possible. Build fun, attention-grabbing experiences where possible.

2. Take video games, photoshop and blender outside . Help visionaries show the world in ways it COULD be.

3. Provide goal structures (games?) that make this worth people's time. Utilitarian quests. Constructive mechanics. Foster local tribal respect for territory preservation + beautification. Minimize real violence.

5. Write a book about what goes wrong.

6. Tap out.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mobile Marketing, Coincidence Farming and Artificial Intelligence: AR predictions for 2011:

2011 = more people doing more things in more places with their smartphones. Buying things. Finding things. All of these actions will be recorded, analyzed. Used to build what we at metaio will call “coincidences”.

Placetracking applications like foursquare, gowalla, junaio and facebook places will have amassed pools of user data (where, when, how and with whom their users do things) large enough to begin making intelligent suggestions that change the course of our daily lives in different ways. "Go check out this gallery opening," or, "Visit Wal-Mart for 75% off Fishsticks and earn 10 points!" It’s our responsibility to keep these suggestions as “positive” as possible.

Good luck defining “positive”.

As this mobile advice gets better and better, we will listen to it more and more, responding in increasingly complicated ways. Thus the pooling of our intelligence (checkins, user ratings, maps) will begin to respond intelligently itself in real time, to us. Some will call this “artificial intelligence” and fear it, missing the point altogether. See, in 2011 we will begin to take the intelligences we have pooled within the internet and deploy them over the real world as an augmented, living structure which we can read, manipulate and continually improve; Inhabitable, architected structures which process the world in real time.

In 2011 we will begin to develop The Intelligent Edifice.