Look Up | Gary Turk

We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies

to engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes…

It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s greatest dad

if you can’t entertain a child …. without using an ipad.

So look up from your phone,  shut down your display

Take in your surroundings,  Make the most of today.

When you’re too busy looking down you don’t see the chances you miss

So look up from your phones shut down those displays

We have a finite existence,  A set number of days.

 

Don’t give in to a life where you follow the hype

Give people your love, don’t give them your like.

Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined

Go out into the world, leave distractions behind.

 

 

 

 

The concept of LifeLogging

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Lifeloggers (also known as lifebloggers or lifegloggers) typically wear computers in order to capture their entire lives, or large portions of their lives. ( via Wikipedia)

What would happen if we would record each movement, each moment, each quantifiable measure of our lives?

We all more or less do that already –  blogs, statuses, check-ins – but, as of now, lifelogging on a large scale is only in its incipient phase. We choose what to post, what to share, what to tweet, what picture to upload. Lifelogging is a different concept, as it is based on stripping us of exactly that – of the choice of what to record. The purpose is to record our lives, each an every moment – as 1. life is short and 2. our memory is both unreliable and … short.

So LifeLogging is a BigBrother that watches over you. And, just in the show with the latter name, people act differently, when under observation, or, in this case, when recorded.

For one, we act more responsibly, as we fear public judgement. We also try to hide the elements that we consider shameful – elements that are nevertheless real, elements that are unworthy, or secrets.

Secondly, we take fewer risks –  as we no longer fear just failure per se, but also the fact that the said failure will be recorded and thus will be there forever. For us to see, to be haunted by.

We would take the safe route more often. We would be less creative. We would take fewer risks. Because yes, maybe bad decisions make good stories, but the latter certainly do leave tracks. Tracks that are become increasingly tangible when all the mistakes are recorded.

But these very elements are what make our lives what it is –  they are an important part of our reality. And thus, by changing our behavior in front of the camera, we would be changing our lives. Maybe for the better. We would certainly break less rules. We would cross the street in the designated places. We would always wait to find a trashcan and would not litter.

On the street, we would not avoid talking to people that we know, by suddenly choosing a different route.

We would not buy that extra chocolate, or that pack of cigarettes.

And so much more.

Does that mean that  we would all merge towards the socially acceptable and thus, we would all  be ….  standardized? Stripped of the very elements that make us who we are?

For sure, we would not be living as we would have, we would miss out on real life and …  we would be recording something that is not our life. Fact that defies the purpose of the carrying a log device with you in the first place.

And, for last,  here is the original article ( in Russian).

Enjoy :)

No human contact – day 4

We really are the generation that has seen a tremendous technological progress. We are the ones that still remember what it was like when there were no cell phones –  the excuse ” i called, but i could not get a hold of you” was actually valid at the time. We are the ones who remember how people used to gather and talk, as it was the only way to find out what was going on in the world, in the community. We remember how people used to tell stories, sing and dance.

But now we have the Internet. And thus somehow, the fact that i have not seen a live soul for 4 days is ok.

Working from home has its advantages. Today was thus a normal day at “the office” –  my room-  sitting on the bed, in my uniform –  pajamas, slippers and pink bathrobe – with my own personal snacks ( not the free ones from XXX :) ) and my tea. I woke up at 9:03 this morning –  i snoozed the alarm far too many times, i think –  and at 9:05 i was already discussing today’s agenda with my supervisor, through the XXX company messenger.

So far so good.

I have plenty of food. I work from home. My friends and acquaintances are either not here in the city, or busy with their own stuff. My family is far. I have Internet. And it’s raining outside.

Thus there is no reason to get out of the house.

Or is there?

For a short glimpse of a second, i imagined a future where we all sit in our own chairs, in our own rooms –  or cages –  and not have any physical interaction at all. Because we do not need it. As i did not need it during these last 4 days.  We have Skype, Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube. And lots more. All the entertainment we need is just a click away. And one does not have to make any other effort to get it –  there is no need to deserve it. You just consume. As much as you want. When you want. What you want. How you want.

I imagined a future like the one described in Wall-e. Where we are all fat robots. Lonely fat robots.

I heard a theory saying that this technological progress is a way for nature to stop us from multiplying at such rates. Could be.

And, to conclude, a TED video. And a decision to go outside tomorrow.

Ben Saunders: Why bother leaving the house?