Week 07

The Post Technological Future of Everything

“Let Me In - ZERO SUM

Elsa Garduno
Laura Freixas
Zoi Tzika
Pablo Zuloaga

Many times we think about the future, but rarely we do sit down to analyze possible scenarios in some years and see how they could be changed. This class has been one of the classes that has made me think the most about these speculative futures and have a critical thought about the moment in which we live and how we can ask questions that invite things to change.

The "Everything Manifesto" of I.am is a treatise of questions that for a moment explode your head putting you to think that the world is screwed and that there is nothing to do, but in the end, they ask you some questions as a hypothesis that make you reflect on how we can change it.

The Everything manifesto is a collection of proposals for changing humans complicated relationship with change. Each proposal is framed as a hypothetical question to use and debrief our collective imaginations, because hypotheticals are a fascinating way to learn how to think and can help us better understand something as complex as reality, by dealing with the powerful concept of “what if”.  Iam

The manifesto speaks about the concept of everything, meaning everything like that "Pale Blue Dot", like everything around us and how everything affects, and therefore, everything matters. We talk about data, social media, artificial intelligence, digital pollution, the time we spend giving away data and abusing cell phones, and also how we should stop using the term "climate change" for something that has already become in a "Climate Emergency".

What happens when billions of humans, 
spend billions of seconds using billions of smartphones, concentrating money and power in the hands of a few billionaires who run corporations 
that manufacture billions of devices made of rare minerals 
used to extract and process billions of data points 
in data centers that consume billions of kilowatt-hours of electricity-generating billions of tons of carbon emissions? Iam

After opening our heads, they put us to raise speculative futures and tell them as a trailer for a science fiction series like "Black Mirror", mixing two of the concepts of the 10 "What If?" questions. I liked the dynamic of the class, because we worked as a group, with time limits and making collective decisions what meant that we had to interact, listen and be worth everyone's points, even for the time to qualify ourselves.

We created a production company among the whole class and decided to call it "Zero Sum." Then we divided into groups, and with my group we worked with the concepts of TIME and ENERGY, and we decided to create a story in a futuristic world destroyed by humanity about a utopian place where not everyone had access, and where they still breathed clean air , they lived in a sustainable way and where you could only enter if you reduced your carbon footprint to zero. Inspired a bit in the speculative story that I uploaded before.


In the end, this class leaves us with an open mind to new possibilities, teaching us to see everything in a more critical and analytical way, asking us intelligent questions that can solve problems. This format of the questions "What If?" I used it as part of my Design Space, as a form of inspiration related to different facts that I found about agriculture, climate change, food and poverty in the world.

  • E 🌀 Identity
    What if we go beyond static binary mindsets and then understand human identities as dynamic and fluid spectra?
  • V 🌀 Time
    What if we go beyond the obsession for nowness, newness, and short-termness and then apply long-term thinking to better understand and anticipate the social, ethical, and ecological implications of the ways we are using the internet(s)?
  • E 🌀 Problems
    What if we go beyond solutionism and making everything easy, simple, fast by default and then make visible the unpleasant consequences of the vast social and technological systems and infrastructures that make everyday computing possible, embracing the natural and challenging beauty of complex systems with accountability? 
  • R 🌀 Scale
    What if we go beyond using the invisible algorithms connecting billions of black mirrors and black boxes to make billions for a few billionaires, and then explore, anticipate and understand the ethical implications that shaping reality for billions of humans has, with an equivalent scale of responsibility?
  • Y 🌀 Growth
    What if we go beyond becoming growth, progress and productivity fans and then start adopting alternative ways to define success such as their contribution to societal wellbeing and sustainable prosperity?
  • T 🌀 Energy
    What if we go beyond producing devices with built-in obsolescence and ignoring the scale of the energy consumption that interconnected physical infrastructures enabling digital platforms and services demand, and then exponentially reduce their e-waste, natural resources consumption, and carbon emissions?
  • H 🌀 Business models
    What if we go beyond abusing opaque business models that commodify citizens' time, attention and data, risking individual and collective privacy and then implement ethical, transparent and fair alternatives, delivering real value to society? 
  • I 🌀 Decisions
    What if we go beyond understanding humans only as consumers or users, and then design for and with citizens who have rights and duties, promoting digital literacy, tolerance and solidarity and enabling everyone to make better and more conscious decisions individually and collectively?
  • N 🌀 Learning
    What if we go beyond the obsolete industrial approach to education and then cultivate the potential of life-long learning with collective critical hope at its core?
  • G 🌀 Design
    What if we go beyond the selfishness of human-centered-design methodologies and singularity mindsets, aiming then for holistic Earth-driven-design approaches that lead to plurality and solidarity?


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