Ok, so we've built our egg, now what? After the session we sat outdoors in a nearby park to discuss the uses, social aspects and challenges of using this device. We took turns in addressing what people's motivations were, what they had wanted to get out of it and how they had felt about the experience:
"I am passionate about the technology"
"Knowledge is power and in this case it doesn’t do any harm"
"It is part of our research, our initiative in Madrid - we are looking to build a collaboration so that what we did here we can do it in Madrid. We want to be able to offer the opportunity to any people to collect data (not just give them the device but the knowledge and ability to make data visible; we want to give them a way to prove that there is something of concern in the environment. Essentially, if you do not have data you are blind - you do not see it, you do not see the harm. We are interested in doing this without affiliations, without political interests just for your own purposes"
"I like the technology and the concept"
"My concerns are: IOT interest in getting citizens involved with equity but there are also corporate interests and we need to think of how to monetize IOT - is there a conflict between the two? That is, doing this with equity in mind and the corporate interests of commodifying this? I also have two issues: first, data accuracy on the one hand - meaning comes from comparing and from applying in different contexts (if you take data outside of the context in which it was created is doesn’t make sense); second, I am interested in exploring what kind of power you want to give citizens? Can we change society?"
"I am fascinated by Francis Galton he was in a way obsessed with measuring things - he applied Darwinism to human evolution, he was an inventor, an eugenicist, a statistician, and it seems that there is something about measuring that appears to be innate to being human… the act of measuring is more important than the actual numbers that you get - something happens in your mind - in this case you conceptualize air differently by interacting with it in this way"
"I wanted to know if this was something that regular folks could do because this is not for everyone - we realise that right? For others this might seems geeky, or even intimidating. By coming here I wanted to know what kind of feelings people get by interacting with these things and comparing it with the feelings people get by interacting with other media to achieve the same goal - but if we take a step back maybe we need to evaluate 'where we are going', that 'goal' we want to achieve. I also think that different methods can give us these experiences of awareness and conceptualisation, of apathy and caring for the world around us and maybe we can merge them with what we did here."
"I wanted to build the egg myself - I had been following pachube and their work for a while and I wanted to compare it to others' sensors - I wanted to experience it for myself and have my own understanding of it"
"I am interested in electronic projects - I really like the idea and extending it to the outside is fascinating. I would like to see the spread these sensors everywhere so we can keep track of what is happening around us. I was also interested in seeing what kind of people get involved in these kinds of events and I was surprised to see so many not so techy"
"I am interested in understanding "What is the trigger?" - it was interesting to see that there were people from the wider community here. And it makes me wonder is it something about this time now? Is it an extension of now? I mean, the Arab Spring, public participation and awareness with the internet... Would we have seen this fifty years ago? Also, I wonder if we will ever have the same accuracy as say governments. But the point is that like with the printing press, when it came out, it revolutionised everything! Now we take it for granted but then it was a paradigm shift. Maybe we will get there with this?"
"But do we want to get there? How? What kind of new social arrangements will it create?"
Edited by Cindy on Mar 30, 2012 11:59 PM