I have firm opinions. One of them is that I believe that language is powerful and should be respected. Why I don’t like pop words used carelessly. As a student of linguistics, I understand their role. Language serves many purposes. One of them being to communicate your identity. So it has been and so it will likely always be.
The first question in UX is: “whom are we designing for?”. It’s a crucial question since designing for everyone is the same as designing for no one. The Internet is full of stories and examples of what happens when you fail to heed this commandment of UX. Designing without knowing whom you’re designing for leads to products and services that serve no one’s needs.
I’ve been a fan of the Uncharted series of games for Playstation 3 and 4 ever since I first bought a PS3 in 2010. Soon after I had bought the console, I managed to pick up Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune as a bargain. The game wasn’t new then but it was one the “classics.” I’d heard it was good but little did I know I’d find a franchise I’d love.
I’ve had a fascination with the future for as long as I can remember. I started reading science fiction when I was around eleven or twelve. It might have been Swedish SF writer George Johansson that opened my eyes to ideas about what life might be like in a hundred or two hundred years from now.
Before we get into the specifics of filter bubbles, let’s look back and see why we’re here to begin with and why they are a problem to begin with.
An argument that’s being heard more and more states that innovation of the kind that creates wealth and adds to the GDP comes in the form of technology. Because of that, they argue we shouldn’t waste resources on teaching kids about topics like arts, literature, history or human behavior. We should teach as much science (natural), technology, engineering and math as we possibly can. These are the only skills that the industry and the economy benefits from, the argument goes.
Since ages unknown, the human mind has been compared to machines. In the the 1700’s it was compared to a clockwork, the most advanced mechanism known. When the transistor was invented, an even better technological analog and metaphor for the brain was found. And so it has continued. Human brains and minds are constantly compared to computing machinery.
This case began when I made a book order online. I buy a lot of books as I love learning through reading. Leading a busy life, I didn’t track the exact shipping time and the exact shipping date. But after a week or so, I did get an SMS and an email stating that I had a package waiting to be picked up. They did not however state by when I had to get it. So I managed to eventually get the time to go pick it up. It turns out that the package had been sent back the very same day.
Technology has a way of inveigling itself into our daily lives by offering bits and piece of convenience. Despite its rapid development, technology has gained a remarkably great degree of acceptance. It has become something we are so accustomed to we almost never question the terms and conditions it puts on our coexistence. Because technology always works and plays by rules and we’re more often slaves to those rules rather than their masters.