Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

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Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Michael Bruce Sterling (1954)

American science fiction author, best known for
his novels and for defining the cyberpunk genre.
Professor at the European Graduate School in
2003, where he is teaching on media and design.
“Visionary in residence“ at Art Center College of
Design in Pasadena, California, in 2005.


Writes science fiction, or ”design fiction”, because
he is passionate about technology and human
reaction to technological change. Has a special
interest in inventing new words for technosocial
aspects that hasen’t yet been described.


Involved in Worldchanging weblog, an attempt to
“create a "green" design movement with stylish
high
-
tech design”. Calls himself a futurist.

Currently lives in Belgrade with his wife.

Introducing Bruce

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Categorizes himself to have no sense for form at all;
can’t draw, can’t visualize in 3
-
d, can’t craft.

Has despite this designed a lamp himself on request
from a group of European artists.


Shaping things includes a handfull of proposals from
Bruce Sterling addressed to designers who wants to
help staking out a safe way for our future.


..and his lamp

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

-
production methods currently used
are
NOT

sustainable


-
they use archaic forms of energy and
material which are finite and toxic


-
you have to create substantial
novelty

Bruce
´
s Intentions

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s

Expressions

ARTIFACTS


-
artificial objects, made by hand and

used by hand; powered by muscles

-

used by
FARMERS

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s Expressions

MACHINE

-
complex, precisely proportioned,
powered by non human/animal power
source

-

used by
COSTUMERS

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s Expressions

PODUCTS

-
widely distributed,

-
commercially available,

-
anonymousily and uniformly
manufactured in massive quantities

-
used by
CONSUMERS

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s Expressions

GIZMOS

-
widely distributed, user alterable,
multifeatured objects, commonly
programmable, lot of different
features

-
cheaper to import features than to

simplify it (!)

-
you can tap into the internet to get
more information and more features

-
download plug ins, sources,
upgrades...

used by
ENDUSERS


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Bruce
´
s a Metahistorican

METAHISTORY

-
consists of yesterday, today and
tomorrow



-
in metahistory you can lock up what
was yesterday, compare that to today
and also relate to the future

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s
SPIME

"when the entire industrial process is
made explicit, when the metrics
count for more than the object they
measure, then GIZMO becomes
SPIME"

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s
SPIME

-
Spimes record everything,
concerning their production process,
how and by whom they are used, if it
worked out or not, how they are
recycled

-
they record mistakes and success

-
they are small metahisorical
generator

-
though immatural (begin and end as
data) seemingly material instantive

-
their collected information can be
reused in future SPIMES






Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Bruce
´
s
SPIME

-
if you tap into a SPIME you can gain
knowledge, of which you weren
´
t
aware that you had it.

-
with SPIMES the whole metahistory
of an object is at your hand




used by
WRANGLERS


Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

By barcodes (witch is an old way of tagging things) we
can in some way keep the track of where objects are
and what they are.


Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

With the RFID tags, all objects can be registered at
any time. Objects of this kind he calls
arphids
. To
read arphids you need
arphid monitors
.


The
arphids

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

When Sterling talks about
The internet of things
,
he
means that you are able to read your arphids
anywhere.


With simple technology we merge the GPS system
with the arphids. Then you can find out where stuff
is.


The

internet of things

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

A scenario could be you Googling your keys if you
don’t remember where you put them.

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

If you are surrounded with a system like this,
Sterling would say you live in a
Synchronic society
.


Synchronic society

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A
Synchronic society

generates trillions of
catalogable, searchable, trackable trajectories. Fine
grained details of different patterns, distribution
and recycling will synchronize and generate real
time small metahistories out of every object worthy
of human or machine consideration.

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

We will gain an almost infinite library of experiences,
and we can for instance avoid wasting time doing
design mistakes over and over again.

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

The technosocial transformation of
Spimes

make it
possible for criminals or spies to threat our privacy.

Proper Design should be the antidote to protect us.


With the new technology making it possible, this
change will happen. We cannot avoid it, just guide the
direction it will move in..

Threat

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Most Advanced Yet Acceptable


M

-

grade of advancement

A



time dependent possibility

Y

-

resistment amongst certain people

A

-

time spirit / zeitgeist


What’s the designers responsibility?

Design helps killing more people.

Design helps melting Antarctica.


This is not yet the ACCEPTABLE truth.

Raymond Loewy designed the Lucky Strike logo

Guidelines for Change

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Man the tool maker = man the rubbish maker?

We enjoy things, we use things; we wear them out
quickly.

Humans have always failed to deal with trash as we
made it..


does
spimes

lead to a bright new future of
sustainability where we as consumers has defeated
most of the rubbish
-
makers, and instead created a
self sustaining society
?


Fabbing

is to make physical things out of virtual
plans.

The rubbish makers

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cognitive load

-

the brainpower invested in reading,
researching, talking, learning, paying attention
towards a certain topic.

opportunity costs



sacrifices you make for the sake of
something you’d rather do, since the hours of the day
can only be filled to a certain limit.

choose options, navigate risks and hope they don’t bother suing me..

End user in Gizmo age

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

Thinking about objects is a designers profession,

we are generally generous with both cognitive load
and opportunity costs.


Spimes

will solve this time
-
problem, and they have to
be designed by someone..

Design thinking

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

The quest for a sustainable world may succeed, or it
may fail. In practice, people will experience mixed
success.

So what does the future look like?

Utopia or Oblivion are just empty phrases, the most
likely results are
Ublopia

and
Otivion
.

The future

Bruce Sterling Shaping Things

there is no end cause with
Spimes

our culture

has obtained more future..

The End