Another Time.

The biggest concern of my lecturer regarding my team’s work is that maybe we are still circumnavigating the problem and not hitting it directly.

The main problem is that we think we are being fluid because we are changing the final thing.

Our project is helping particularly year ones in BCT, like an icebreaker, focusing on a topic, opening conversations with a visual representation of people talking and show who is contributing, talking too much and not enough. With the topic of stories that we provide to them, so they have a topic to discuss rather than discuss themselves because even if we are not talking about ourselves our answers to certain things especially open-ended question says a lot about us that other people can perceive.

Initially, it being a mobile phone app allowed me to start on making a phone up but then I found out that the level of accuracy I want can’t be found on a microphone on a phone and since it is not precise there are a lot of discrepancies from brand to brand even phone to phone.

During our presentation to the class, some people asked that wouldn’t it be a bad to have such a small screen with the indicator to show people talking and people could miss it if they are paying attention to the person over the phone.

We then changed to a computer Processing release with me doing most of the coding with my partner doing the design part. We ran another problem facing the issue of multiple mic inputs in the computer and the input cost as little as $300. Naturally, we are incredibly rich students and only decided not to buy it because we don’t want to, but this still caused us problems. We needed to change again because there is another technological roadblock in front of us.

We had to ask ourselves, what is the core idea of our project, what is malleable and what is constant features that our final project to have. Since we discovered another problem that is hard to overcome we needed to go almost back to the drawing board. We talked to the TA that we had and helped us one more time. Asked us to question our actual idea for the project. He asked us that if we are still having problems then maybe it is time to transform the original idea to not necessarily simpler but to something more accessible for the people making it, us, and for the people receiving the final product.

Now we evolve the initial question to suit the environment that we have observed and that we have found ourselves in. So we looked at the question of helping the students to identify the people who are contributing a lot, too much and not enough. Asked if it is feasible, found that microphone are fickle things.

So we transformed the heading of our project one last time and headed in focusing in the area of visual representation of a conversation about a particular topic that sits in the people to use the device. The people input a topic they want to discuss and then the screen creates a small bubble with the topic in the middle. A mic picks up the conversation and detects the level of sound and then adds to the diameter of the circle making it bigger. When the user’s press back to the overall view they can create more topics and connecting them and seeing visually what they talked about the most and the least. They can come back to it connect bubbles and see where the growth is.

This is the current goal and I am trying to get the function by this coming Monday.

The reason for this switch is due to the fact now looking back at it, it feels like I was always getting ahead of myself, I act as early as I would have liked when I was presented with live problems I have encountered on my way here. I learned that nothing is exact, from the format of the final outcome to the idea. That doesn’t mean starting over, but things can change, and it should be considered good and not a hindrance, even if it is not a nice feeling to know you almost wasted your time putting effort into one thing to be changed in the end.

imagineering

The basic concept of colab is imagining for the future. But as  I am a cynical man and that most of my survey suggest that most people are all only to look out for themselves, it is interesting what the world, doing something out of the good of their heart really takes people. And i would really like to incorporate something like this in my final outcome. My main focus for my final studio project is how to integrate homeless people back into society. Initially i wanted a mandatory program that forced homeless people and non-homeless people to have dinner to force a connection. But when I found out that no one really wants to sit down with a stranger, especially with one we associate failure with, ie, homelessness. It then became prevalent that people only really wanted to say that they are helping people, to make themselves better, mostly in the form of donating. So this really helped me open what i am looking for.

So I decided to propose something for homeless people. What do they really need? Looking at my interview, it saw that most of them are willing to work. Although they only said it ant not really acted about their desires, as it is said that it is easy to say than do. I broke down what the thing I am trying to create. An artifact that allows then to make money and therefore becomes their job? Or give them a job that will earn them money? They might sound similar, but I think there is a distinct difference between the two statements. The first one, give them something that will allow them to earn money maybe donations? And the side effect is a job. The other sentence is that my main goal is to  allow them to become a useful member of society and therefore get paid. and the side effect is money?

I would like to focus on the second sentence. Give them a job and the money will be a side effect. For many people, a fulfilling job is very beneficial and help them keep off the street. But since they are homeless people, they don’t really have much desirable skills, useful skills that company and people would want working for them. I would like to imagine a dark and uncomfortable advancement for the year 2076. The big problem with many AIs is that for example Siri from the Apple phone, it is incredibly buggy when it comes to try understanding speech from people. Auckland is easily translated to Oakland. as i imagine it, for the year 2076, it is still complicated to create a fully independent AI. They could be close but I think they won’t be there yet. 

 i want to Take homeless people and use their brains as the computer, as the processor in a computer. The homeless person will be brought into a facility, be then plugged into a machine and their brains will then become a computer. as a human, we can detect emotions, we can detect speech patterns more accurately than a computer currently can. For each uploaded homeless person, there is an equivalent ball arc interface that people will interact with.

  and this interface I called, Pida. loosely connected to the Greek word for hope. This interface will be in people’s homes. it will be in libraries, shopping centers cars. Connected through the internet, and These Pidas will be able to communicate with each other as a giant mesh of individual computers connected in a giant network. As for one ethical concern is the privacy issue. invasion of the user’s privacy etc etc. personally I think privacy is non-existent nowadays but that is beside the point. The way these things will work is that at the end of each day the homeless people will be drained of their memory. As a sort of read-only mode. They are only being used to calculate, understand, and complete task but will not retain any prevalent information, names, address weight except privacy concerns that are already approved such as the spending habits of people that allow companies to give them tailored ads.

the other things that I am trying to pinpoint for myself are, what is integration, what is the desired state? Initially I want homeless and non-homeless citizens to be able to sit down in dinner and force a connection. But I quickly found that no one wanted that. I then thought of ways trying to force a connection of giving and take. Instead of a one-way transaction, the homeless person will get paid with dinner with a person or family in exchange for let’s say cleaning cars. But I felt this was not 2076 enough, IT felt too bland and really could happen now and not speculative enough. so Then I took what I saw in my data. people didn’t even want to order a human looking thing that is why i was forced to make a geometrical object closer to a nonhuman form, AI. People are more inclined to order a nonhuman thing because they are built for that?

i think it is enough as the solution for integration as a job, they become desirable and maybe even become important as they become integrated in our everyday lives? 

But i did want to play with this because this is incredibly dark, it is not looking to the bright future and not something people would want to see. But if this becomes true, if it becomes something important, does it become acceptable? does it become something of an everyday thing? This is weird. But i think this is the only acceptable technology. People will reject this initially but i think it could become a thing. it partially solves the issues of the homeless people because there is still that barrier. Maybe homelessness no longer becomes a problem. maybe the prejudice comes in the form of Pidas. Whoever is a Pida is considered dirty or something.

but to me this is what accomplishment looks like because it is not a 100 percent solution, it is a give and take that really questions people’s morality. its not hurting anyone. its not doing any harm. in fact, by participating in this, you are giving homeless people jobs. But is this the same as the sweatshop issue?
you buy $200 Nikes that was made somewhere in an Asian country in a sweatshop. You are giving them jobs they become important in a western country. But you see for one side to enjoy a luxurious life, someone has to suffer, work long hours with minimal pay to wear your designer boots. But no one looks at this anymore. And maybe in the future, no one will know that there are even people behind this Pida.

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just a poster that Antonio and I worked on to visualise what i want by final outcome to answer or what i falls into

Frustration

my block 3 and block 4 blogging have been absolutely atrocious. It has been a combination of both lacking interest, and just being generally an unexpected difficulty that was encountered when doing this assignment. I’m not sure if I am the one to blame to inadvertently picking such a wicked problem to tackle when the initial brief only said, think of a thing for the year 2076 and it lead me to how to integrate homeless people back into society through augmentation.

Initially, my favourite prototype the is the one that had a screen interface in homes connected to screens in places where there is high amount of homeless people. I only tackled one this one for the prototype block because it is the only one that i thought had any future as my other ones seems lack luster compared to the ones that was presented in class.

i then dissected my what made my proposal work, integrating homeless people through augmentations/technology. In other words, what happens to or where will  homeless people go or be in the year 2076

i then prototyped this finding what people want in their homes. As it is the culture, people dont want servers generally in their homes, especially if they were homeless, even if they were taught or augmented to make them desirable. it is the trust issue that is the heart of the problem, not really sure how they will interact with them even with desirable augmentations.

i am now focusing on what form will the helper be in the home and maybe somehow make a connection between the home family and the homeless servant in any form.

this was interesting because i was met with almost all negative feedback with the idea of homeless helper. But when i spoke to the TAs they all said that the audience dont know what they want, they dont want anything that is not familiar. The goal is not to listen to the audience, it is to convince them that having a homeless person butler helper in your home is worth getting. Not just dropping the project because they dont like it.

Prototype 5: A Positive Negative

This is prototype is where i decided to do a 180. Instead of trying to be positive about the bridging of the two kinds of people, i took a lesson from the past. Eunuch, male, sometimes female were removed of their reproductive organs essentially losing a big part of themselves but it didnt stop them from being important or necessity. Specifically in China, depending on the emperor, he turns people into eunuch as a lesser form of the death penalty, prisoners of war, or people who have revolted against him. people are resource and killing people is not productive. This allowed a very specific niche to be filled, mostly regarding the ability to be high servants in the houses of the emperor, in fact eunuchs are used as a form of thank you as the emperor send them to be as gifts or peace offering. They value eunuchs because their inability to touch the wives or concubine of the emperors harem, they will bear no child and therefore will be incredibly unlikely to depose them and create an heir, a line of succession. And the fact that they cant and dont have families which make them excellent on focusing on their work without the baggage of families.

 My prototype is less macabre, but still plays with the idea of how body modification make homeless people desirable by giving them abilities that we would want for a helper. It is still bringing two class of people making them enter the world. The modification involved being smarter, and more powerful. The fine print is that the homeless person couldnt pay for the treatment, and is essentially sponsored by the family that the homeless person will be  serving for 5 years and until then they have serve you. They are not slaves in the traditional term that they are forced to work from day to night, think more in the sense of a butler or maid. They are more favorable to their  employer exercising the idea of friendly but not familiar.

i got people to play the role of a well off person in the year 2076 and see how they would react and view their butler, how will they see them as a person. People treated them like a butler, with making them do menial things. like answering simple problems or opening the door for them

there were many comments on how they appeared, as i have used the image of the homeless person, people wanted to have the person to be cleaned up Others also spoke about what do they want, that they don’t want to force the person to do things unless they want to.

The next prototype is similar to the one above

still about the homeless butler. This time i wanted to test peoples feeling and reaction about the homeless person as a part of the house rather than a server. I asked if they would take the butler with them on vacation, have a live in butler, would open the door for them, if they had the chance to save their server in exchange for a random person who is not homeless.

people were mostly on board with the idea of bringing the server with them to vacation, unanimously agreed on letting the homeless person stay with them as a live in server, split with most of the people willing to open the door, unanimously agree to save their butler.

Franz

Prototype 4: Someone said something about a questionnaire?

So the interesting thing about this block is to prototype something that doesnt exist and also said that a questionnaire is a very weak form of gathering data, but it is still something that i thought that would be very beneficial for my process.

This was due to the negative acceptance of having dinner with homeless people for free, “out of the kindness of our hearts’ as many people were not comfortable with the idea of bringing a random person into their home as they were weirded out by it.

  i was testing the idea of how people would react to a transaction or exchange instead of a giving aspect of charity. It preserves the integrity of the homeless to have  job or a meaningful work instead of waiting for hand outs as some people i have interviewed has pointed out and bridges the gap between non homeless people to have an established system that allowed homeless people to work for people with homes in exchange for dinner with the family of the home they have worked in.

Theres a chart from 1 to 10  to express their feeling on how likely they are going to let a homeless person do the chores instead of the person in exchange for dinner

the categories were

Groceries
General House Cleaning
Car Washing

the main concern for the people is that they want to clean the homeless person first before they enter and about half of the people said that they want them to be clean first before before they arrive and the other half said that they dont mind the person to clean in their house as long as they are clean

For groceries many people were hesitant in allowing a person they did not know what to do because as most have said that  they have always done their groceries and for them it is a chance to buy new things they they forgot or not on their shopping list. most of the people didnt mind that the homeless person do their shopping with an average of 7 and a minority was completely against the idea.

For General house cleaning, there was an almost unanimous decision with the highest point was 4 that they are not willing to let a homeless person clean their homes even if they were cleaned or did a good job. Many comments about the quality of work, how trustful they are and worried about their belongings getting stolen.

For the last one, car was, people were generally inclined to let the homeless person clean their car as people weren’t that worried about it.

many people were surprised in knowing how to pay or reward the homeless people for their service with dinner with them. People commented how strange it is  but will try it, to meet someone new.

Franz

Prototype 3: A little late, only a little

So now I have a definitive kind of thing I am trying to test. To bridge the interactions between well-off humans with homeless people. So I began to think about what makes things work together without needing to know each other’s background except for a specific part. I began to look what I do and I play a lot of MOBA, Massive Online Battle Arena Like a game called Dota2. It is an intensive game with lots to learn before you can even begin to start playing. Essentially before the game begins players have essentially an idea of who they are going to play with. People around their own skills and have an idea of how the game works without needing to explain to them how to play the game. It is an interesting idea because when you play a game it doesn’t matter who they are only as long as they can play. This can lead to some very unexpected relationships and bonding.

So for my third prototype, i decided to play with the idea of a game played between a homeless person and a well-off person. I prototyped the game tic-tac-toe

https://flic.kr/p/MBs3Bg

I asked people if they are willing to play this game often, how they reacted when they found out that they were playing with a homeless person were very interesting, some person found it humbling, some people were put off and even apologetic. But all said that it didn’t really matter even if they were homeless but were just caught off guard that they didn’t know who they were playing against. But since we are talking about the future, the game that is to be played in the year 2076, isn’t tic-tac-toe, it is most likely a repeatable game simple to learn but could be complex to master, that is not limited to a screen to screen game. It will be a game that will generate important commodities such as food or blankets during the game. This can be done through the physical motions that convert actions into heat to cook prepared food to be given to the homeless person or a side effect from the actions allows a material object such as a blanket to be made. As a side note, I asked the players and most of them are very likely to give the food that was generated even if they were given the options to keep the food for themselves. Although this was due to the lack of confidence they had for the food being made but in the future all that should not be a problem

Franz

Prototype 2: Blind

On Friday, i performed my second prototype. 

But before getting into the prototype, i want to mention a few things. This project, the one i picked, it began with overpopulation and i looked at the problem again and looked at it from a different angle and it led me to the problem of homeless people. And personally it hit me in a fundamental way? Why is it a problem? Why do we consider homeless people ‘a problem’. Is it because it is inconvenient for us? I’m the manager of a shop and i come early in the morning to open and i see a homeless person in front i tell him to move because it’s inconvenient for me to see a homeless person staying in front of the shop. Why is it that some people have the ability to be blind the world around us, carefully navigating around, making the extra effort to avoid them. Because i cant help them? because someone else will help them? Or do people just don’t care? People speak of equality, of evenness, our right as a human to be treated fairly yet we create a very distinguishable boundaries that separates us from them. Because we want to protect the familiar. We want to protect the people around us, not strangers we don’t know, we already associate homelessness as failure, as someone who has given up therefor we they are less deserving of our hard earned money right? We worked hard, why cant they? Why cant i be as blind as other people, the ability to walk right past a homeless person and do nothing and be ignorant about it saying someone else will help that person eludes me, as it is an always gut wrenching feeling to the point i avoid the main street to escape the feeling. I have been asking the people in class if any of them has spoken to a homeless person to the point where they asked their name, most of them replied that they have not and followed by, now i feel bad. Funny. One thing to note, i have felt incredibly anxious to donate money, and it would have been easier to donate to a charity. Why? I think because fundamentally again it goes back to the fear of the unknown as i was one of the people who never have spoken to a homeless person to the point where i asked their name. But i made a conscience decision to donate it to a homeless person because whether or not its true, i felt that it will help them better rather than an organisation. 

Forgive my heated introduction. This project is getting me more than i expected. On the the prototype

I met a total of three homeless people, Sam from Ukraine, Simon and Brett. After unwittingly stealing from other students in AUT, i used their contributions and used it to help people around Queen street.

In the beginning, I gave my self the courage to speak to a homeless person named Sam and has been in the street for about 3 years, he was sitting outside of Carls Jr. he was selling various shell things. He stays with his son and mentioned that he was not homeless And this is what I bought

https://www.flickr.com/photos/franzlom/shares/g34iq7

Its two shell stuck together, painted white and with 2 painted hearts. and given me a piece of paper he said that 

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hard top deciphers but from what i can tell it is pretty much what the conversation we had.

I then began a conversation with him, asked for his name and then had a conversation with me. He is originally from Yugoslavia no known as Croatia as he explained me. He then went off just speaking about his hatred about royalties. The fact that they have the ‘right’ to legally take things away from you because it is their ‘right’. Very evident as he mentioned that he recently came from a court for something about slandering royalties. He then went on that the most important thing is the brain and it is all what he has left. that humans and royalties are not different as they all poo but are different because of their birthright, I can only imagine if he was cheated out of his land or something in his home as I didn’t push for anymore information.

He is a very aged man,  and slightly slurred speech which made some part of his sentence hard to understand. Before i spoke to him i noticed his head down with his arm in the air holding his piece of paper. While i was speaking to him, the only other person that interacted with him was another two homeless people and knew him by name and said hi how he was doing. Before speaking to him, he really looks incredibly down almost lost his will but is holding on to his piece of paper and waiting for someone to listen to him and pass hos knowledge.

Second person i met was a homeless man named Simon with a Tupperware as his collection method in front of a west pack bank who has been there for 6 years with a duffel bag next to him. Incredibly down man, looking holding his knees close to his chest, not making himself obvious or trying to get attention from people, just silently waiting. I then said hi and asked his name. He is a much younger than Sam and probably not much older than me. He has a mother that lives in Maurewa and sleeps in his brothers van. I offered him to buy food but apparently according to the doctor, he cant eat fastfood as it is unhealthy for him, i assumed he has some sort of dietary condition rather than a picky diet, or what i told myself anyway. I bought him coffee and muffin at a nearby shop and noticed how the other patrons reacted when he entered the shop, everybody was very wary and kept their distance. Simon oddly knows the employees but even them were very wary of him as i feel the uneasiness from everyone. He then continues to say that he meets his mother every 5 or 10 weeks depending on their last fight. needless to say that Simon and mother dont have a terrific relationship, but amazes me how a mother still reaches out to her child, i guess there really is nothing greater than a mothers love. He doesnt stay with her mother because it is no approrpiate and there is not a lot space where her mother is staying. Simon also mentions that he didnt go to school because he really didnt have an upbringing that supported that as i urged him to go back to school. He also says that there are various reasons and things he need to do before he can think for himself. I didnt pry any further. I asked him what if someone walked up to him to offer their home to stay in the couple of days, he said he wasnt sure because depending if the people are nice or appropriate. This only leads to oneself to speculate to what kind of childhood Simon have to be so worried, to feel so inadequate

Lastly I met Brett, he is stationed outside of Rod and Gun and he is making origami art to sell and have been there for about 6 years as well, he had the top part of a shoe box as his box to collect money with the words, support art busking. He was a older gentleman, older than Simon but younger than Sam. He had broken broken glasses where half the ear handles is missing and the nose bridge is taped roughly, his glasses was incredibly in rough shape. He stayed in the backpackers lodge, no family except for some of the other long term members of the place. Made an effort to say the stuff he is making is incredibly simple and simply needs only time which he has a lot of. i could not afford what he is selling but i gave the rest of the money i got from the box to him.

There was something enlightening speaking these gentlemen all of them have their own happiness they appreciate around them. With the money I collected I knew it wasn’t any game changing amount and I couldnt give it to each person in queen street so I had to pick who I was going to interact with. So even if I know it or not there are already biased methods of picking of who deserved the money. Based on how they look, how badly they needed the money from my imaginary high horse. Picking and choosing people based on appearance, based on what i think is right. What if I made the wrong choice. What if there is another street corner I didnt reach and that person died because they havent eaten in 9 days. People say you cant help everyone, and I know that i have played many RPG to know that you cant do everything, that everyone cant is saved sacrifices have to made. to make the hard calls. But why does it hurt. To know these things. Why cant i be normal like everyone around me and shrug it off. The  high class environment, working area, luxury area that is queen street juxtaposed with the homeless people begging in the street creates such an uneasy feeling within me for as long as i can remember. Simon hungry but is in front of a fast food chain almost taunting him for his predicament. Sam sitting in front of a bank, a place where all of his worries can disappear, a place of money, a place of greed. Brett sitting in front of high-end clothes line whereas he hasn’t receive new clothes in years. All of these things paint such an unsettling scene. Where the poor exist side by side with money and food within arms reached but prevented by a wall we call money. Can i become as blind as other people? I was unexpectedly given money, from my first prototype and it led me here. Questioning why is homelessness is a problem. Why is it such a detrimental position to be in and why cant we do anything about me. There have been homeless people before me, and much more will come after me, but if being born in the right family is all there is to it, why did i get. There are far more deserving people then me, who is smarter than me. Disaster events life are all connected to give an outcome. to help, to be conceited, to do nothing. Everyday i contemplate being lazy for an assignment which lead to bad grades but whats after that. Everyday my friends make jokes about just doing nothing because university is too hard but these are real to some people. be lazy. But why do i think this when there are other people who experienced life in such a different way, in such a harsh way. 

Franz

PS. in the end of my second prototype i still dont know what my final project is.

PSS. Sorry for the unforgiving long post but many things i could not have prevented as this project as my fingers just could not stop typing

Prototype 1: The synonym

unexpected, unforeseen, unanticipated, unpredictable. There are an uncountable amount of words for me to describe my first prototype.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/franzlom/shares/xad280

This was my setup. A round table with a piece of paper. box, and inside in the box another paper.
The paper says, if you want to hep a homeless person open the box. And the paper inside the box said, Thank you for your contribution. Please close the box.

My initial test is to test peoples interest. to observe peoples reaction to the question about helping homeless people. Many people they see homeless people but rarely give money let alone interact with the people.

My setup is just a box and a piece of paper and a table. I went to the 4th floor of WG building in AUT. and set them in a place i thought would be pretty busy. In front and beside the elevator. After i set it up i went a few meter away and see peoples reaction and interaction with the  setup. Intentionally i didnt add any other text, there where no red cross symbol or other homeless charity based organization attached to my set up. I waited 15 minutes before i move the location slightly and another 15 minutes before i packed up. I obeserved many things from the distance. I observed that in the initial position besides the elevator 8 peoplet interacted and opened the box. and in second location only 2 people interacted and opened the box with a total of 10 people. I also notice that many people looked at the setup but didnt interact or opened the box. and most of the people ignored it as if it seems it didnt exist.

But something happened, something extraordinary, something unprecedented. People placed money in the box. I thought i was being cheeky by having a random box in the middle of a busy place with people just opening and leaving it alone. I thought i was being cheeky when i said, thanks for your contribution because i assumed people will find it funny that nothing was inside the box and close it again. No where in the entire paper in and around the box it said please donate or give money to the homeless. all i asked was if you want to help a homeless person and the people if not all assumed that i was asking for money. To donate. Honestly i was just interested if the people opened the box and thats it. I didnt attach any organisation or  charity so and completely assumed that they wont put money or trust a random box in the middle of the hallway.

Earlier in the day i observed homeless peoples interaction with the public and noticed maybe after 30 people one person interacted said hi and dropped some change. Most people ignored, walk around or just didnt care enough to acknowledge the homeless person.

but my box was out in the open for 30 mins and it got more than the homeless person got in the same time. Which was weird

This part is my speculation but i think people are more willing to give to box without any human interaction rather than an actual person because i think people are wary and dont want to really want to talk or interact with people.

it was also interesting to see people assumed that i was asking for money rather than something else. i was never specific but people assumed i was seeking money

Interesting

Franz

I’m Back

Its the beginning of the second half of the semester and we are getting right into it for our studio project. We submitted a our three proposals and now we have to prototype it and write our reports based on our findings.

prototypeˈprəʊtətʌɪp/

noun

  1. 1.a first or preliminary version of a device or vehicle from which other forms are developed.“the firm is testing a prototype of the weapon”

according to googles dictionary, prototype is the initial or the alpha, the things that is not going to be released in the public, a kind of proof of concept before things get into productions. My lecturer said something interesting about prototyping, if you are prototyping something, and it is taking more than 2 days to get the information you want, you are doing something wrong, and, DONT use surveys, ever as they are lipservice as anyone can say yes but doing something all together is something different altogether. So these are the two things that i am thinking about my prototype method. The lecturers also talked about that we need to produce about ten prototype methods, a combinations of changing different methods and new methods all together. 

my main focus on this block is the following

a screen/terminal in a home that is attached to another terminal/screen in an area near a lot of homeless people. 

its not green but hopefully i can turn it into one.

So this the base feature i will have play around with. I initially wrote more stuff down to be more specific but i really didnt get what was being asked and produced what seemed to be more of a concrete outcome rather than something more fluid so i extracted the essence of my proposals and got the above.

My main focus now is how to prototype this. I thought up of a couple methods and question to tackle. First people always say that they like to help because it is expected and what we are suppose to say. But it is another matter to act upon these words. So i want to construct a box that says something like, If you want to help a homeless in your home press this button and i will keep track of how many people interact with the device and record my observation. Although i find something of a problem here because if i place my box within university premises most if not all the people i am showing these to is to students and let me tell you, students dont have the most disposable income. so maybe around queen street. or other high traffic and high diversity places. 

Another thing that the lecturers mentioned is that as a human being we take pride in our work, we dont like being wrong. And there are a high number of people that would falsify data to look good. But the correctness is not what is being asked, it is the method. In fact more often than not things tend to go wrong so it is much stranger if something words as expected. 

which is actually a giant problem in peer reviewed articles as some researches and scientist make or fix data to be more desirable as it leads to a higher chance of the last 3 years of life to being published and if something is inconclusive it leads to being forgotten as it is discarded and never published.

Dont be afraid to be wrong. Look for it

Franz

It is slowly clicking

A reflection of Studio block 2 assignment

I am going to start of by saying i am absolutely enjoying i am doing so far, it is certain feeling when something starts clicking. It is all the stuff we are doing semester. I am slowly getting why we are getting so much freedom, why we doing what we are doing. It is all for the sake the process. It is what we are going to do in the future. We can be doing audio, a game, art but it all boils down to the process. Why did you do this, why that colour. That is the underlying skill we are getting taught in Colab. The fact we are doing “strange/weird” is something i am begging to appreciate because the fact that we think its weird or strange is a testament to the way think. So we have change it. The music assignment is not weird because it is a shock treatment to do something different. Think different, be different.

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So this assignment in particular i wanted to analyse what is being asked of me. So the photo above is a list that i written influenced of my Integration assignment as i got a dictionary. The photo shows that the brief and the definition of words that i really didnt know. Proposal, consideration, speculative and conjecture. This really helped me to focus my efforts in what i wanted to make. This gave me a path to follow to my final outcomes.

Another thing is that for this assignment, instead of submitting a boring word text file, i made some sort of (terrible) infographics. Its a lot nice to look at instead of just a plain file. I decided to do this, because in part of what i mentioned above about standing out. There is nothing different from my text file, i made a power point and made some box and made it more pleasant to look at.

Just some of the little things i am trying to do to be different and think differently and standout

Franz