Sabrina Ayana

INTERVIEW

Humans of The Future focuses on an overpopulated, eco-friendly society, which takes place in Sydney, Australia. Together, we hypothesise scenarios further into the future of 2050, based on our present situation and possible technological solutions within set time. As design students, naturally, we would want to design a product that would not only be effective for future references, but also aesthetically pleasing with multiple functions built in to enhance the idea of convenience with the rate of innovations we have hypothesised within that time. However, seeking inputs from different fields of interest may assist us building this future scenario easier as we have different perspectives and views on our possible future. Individually, we conducted an interview based on our preferences in which we think would help us build this scenario the most.

For this assignment, I have decided to interview one of my friends who studies a completely different degree to my group mates and I to consider other possible scenarios of the future in the eyes of other occupations. Yasha, 19, is a Radiography student in the University of Sydney, and has taken the time of day to answer a few questions I have set up for her regarding our assignment. Firstly, I asked her to envision herself 10 years ago as a 9 year old child – she linked her answers based on her subject and quoted “I thought there would be better technology for healing sicknesses by now”, she mentioned how much more we able to push in technological terms when it comes to diseases and helping others medically. However, she agrees that Sydney is considerably one of the most forward in comparison to other countries in the world. She felt that 10 years is not quite long enough for significant change – which lead me to ask her what she thinks the world is going to be 35 years in to the future (2050), which is the year we are basing our scenario from for our assignment. She quoted, “I’m not sure what the future will be like since I feel like there hasn’t been a significant change from when I was 9. But I think it would be a lot more technologically forward then it is right now because we are moving at a faster pace then we were earlier”. She envisions the future to have numerous instantaneous ways to cure illnesses in the future, or a better health populous in general.

Lastly, before I rounded up this interview, I asked for her opinion on Sydney as an eco-friendly, overpopulated city in the future and she mentioned how she predicts a generally greener city where people would collaborate to create the most out of this green living space we are set to have in the future. This helpful insight from a science major definitely opened my eyes to consider different aspects that makes up a well rounded future for our scenario.

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Sabrina Ayana

An Overpopulated, Eco-Friendly community

The pace our society is growing at this very moment is so incomprehensible, that it is not hard to believe that any possible scenarios would happen at the rate that we are going right now. We, as the generation of today, are responsible for the being of our society in the future; our thoughts and contributions would shape the future we will live in the near future, and for generations to come. Our task for this subject was to create different scenarios, which started of with two opposing scenarios (Eco-Friendly and Industrial society) linked with the possibility of it happening in an under populated or an over populated community. We placed ourselves in these scenarios and hypothesise realistic series of possibilities of habits, behaviours, and development that could possible occur within the set time and plot – which led us to decide on a specific scenario based on what we thought was the strongest, and would potentially be the highest developing scenario out of all.

We focused on an overpopulated, eco-friendly community which takes place in Sydney, Australia in 2050. We specifically chose Sydney as we could observe closely on its current pace to maximise our research and development of our final product. This set community is a smart and practical community where the issue of over population will be mended with the fact that they share the same interest on keeping their society civilised in an eco friendly way. More homes (especially in the central / CBD area) will be built vertically with green areas inputted onto their homes, simplified every day activities such as minimum to no use of cash and transport; rather using cards (as the only source of economy), and having a numerous amount of personal transportations that will eventually overcrowd the city

To further expand our scenario, we have placed ourselves even further on to the years of 2080, where we visualise this city even more technologically advanced by this time, however, there are still general issues occurring as any other society would. With the city being over populated with high rise buildings and excessive human activities (that may contribute to the populations health and well-beings), the levels of toxic air would be significantly high especially in the lower grounds, which can cause harm to this populous community. Continuing with this matter, we have designed a product that will not only help them with this issue they are facing, but also a product that is familiar to all individuals as they are being introduced and provided by the government to encourage the health and safety of all individuals. Our final speculative object is an oxygen box, which will be integrated on to humans as a part of their lifestyle. Humans will no longer be defined as a creature that uses cellular respiration to live, but more so leading to photosynthesis as they produce their own energy source. These boxes also indicates the individuals level of wealth as different boxes that are being taken care of with more care would show healthier growing plants.

The features of this oxygen box includes the main component which is the plant box itself. The seeds are inherited from previous generations, therefore, each person would have different splicings which will create different quality plants and fruits. These plants will continuously grow extending to a wristband and along the arms of users or anywhere they desire. External features within the box includes a plat that includes engravings from previous generations which will be continued on to generations to come. A screen is placed to determine the levels of oxygen they have collected throughout the day, alongside a power button placed. The oxygen box will provide edible berries for owners and may be traded of with friends / other family members if they are comfortable doing so.

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Sabrina Ayana

Society: Big Data

What is big data? Big Data is the term used to describe the vast growth of data nowadays – whether using for business, or networking purposes, it is possible to find almost anything about anyone conveniently through the world-wide web. Considering the on going development in technology which enables us to get a hold of an impressive level of accessibility to a variety of information; are we at a safe place or is it a risk to our privacy?

This idea may vary depending on each individual and their approach to data usage itself. Applicable to other things in life, too much of something is never good. The risk of having a vast growth of population in this world means data growth is bound to change quite rapidly as well. The idea of big data may be described as a massive volume of structured and unstructured data that is indescribably large that it is hard to comprehend using traditional techniques, as it moves and grows quite rapidly throughout time it exceeds regular processing capacity. However, the use of data storage has immensely helped multiple businesses, companies and industries better their performance with the access of information they have to provide faster intuitive decisions.

According to industry analyst, Doug Laney, the conventional definition of big data derives from the simple idea of three V’s, which includes volume, velocity, and variety.

+ There are numerous aspects that contributes to the increase of volume within data / information as our society continues to grow throughout time. Excessive data volume has always been an issue as to the excessive amount of data we store and its security and cost as well. However, as previously mentioned, multiple companies and industries have found the positive usage of having excessive data and have benefit from it as well.

+ Data moves in an un-comprehendible speed (velocity) and should be handled smartly according to its time and place. Fast reactions are required as it updates information as soon as it has been register to avoid mishaps and challenges for most industries and organisations.

+ Data nowadays comes in a variety of kinds and formats that is structured differently. Simply, there are a large amount of data that falls under the category of structured and unstructured datas (which includes generic text documents, emails, videos, audios, etc), yet there are multiple sub categories that falls under these as well. Managing, merging, and governing these datas are still considered as a struggle to manage by most organisations and companies nowadays.

Connecting this issue back to our scenario of an overpopulated, Eco-Friendly community, there are a series of issues that would occur as big data is highly affected by of population growth; therefore, an overpopulated community with an eco friendly state of mind would have the same velocity of data growth as an overpopulated industrial community. Vast technological improvements and population growths will multiply the current data growth speed to a velocity we cannot comprehend.

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Anthropocene. Are we making a change or are we changing nature?

Little do we realise that we are now living in an Anthropocene – where our daily life activities effects the world and the future ahead of us. We have grown to become unaware of our actions as we speak, and how influential every single step is to the future ahead of us. Every little step we take is a global impact; considering at the rate of population growth happening at this stage, these effects will appear much faster and bigger than ever.

Eveer since we were exposed to the Industrial revolution we have sadly grown to fully rely on natural resources and abuse/overuse them to fulfil our needs (whether it being primary, secondary, or other tertiary reasons) – our earth’s population has multiplied drastically over the years and has impacted the numbers of natural resources we have to suffice comfortable living. When this action of greed to fulfil our needs continue inefficiently, humanity in the future will be deprived of natural resources and would not be able to live as comfortably.

As long as humans find a way to control something, they are in great power and are able to change its beings in various different ways. We have to step back and hypothesis our purposes and its impact on the future. Are we making a change? Or are we changing the nature? And if so, are is it for the bad or good?

The idea of Anthropocene is quite a struggle as various opinions are being proposed until this very moment. Our vast population growth shall not be an issue for our future – we must use it as an advantage to work together so that we can design the future we want to achieve faster.


Reference:

Stromberg, Joseph. ‘What Is The Anthropocene And Are We In It?’. Smithsonian. N.p., 2013. Web. Aug. 2015.

Monastersky, Richard. ‘Anthropocene: The Human Age’. Nature 519.7542 (2015): 144-147. Web. Aug. 2015.

http://www.anthropocene.info

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