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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Bonnie Zivcic

INTERVEIW: Technological, Environmental Relationship

Through interviewing two people about their views on human interaction with technology and the environment. Primary research has been developed on two differing views into what the future will see in terms of technology, how it will interact with humans and how humans will go about changing the environment.

The first interview was taken from a senior fashion designer and patternmaker from a large swimwear label. Her view of technology into the future was that there would not be a drastic change in new technologies over the next 35 years but rather increasing in smaller increments to already existing technologies.  With technology in the fashion industry also not having a huge change or advancements since a lot of new technologies like laser cutting have already recently been implemented on a large scale to the mass market. However she also stated that there would probably still be further advancements when it comes to the use of computers within the fashion industry particularly through printing on fabrics. I believe this is definitely the case, for instance we can already see further aspects of fashion designing done digitally through the introduction of computer programs like Optitex which show garment patterns that have been created on the computer, on the 3D form of a body with alterations in colour and patterns and to see how the garment would sit and drape on a body before even a sample garment has to be made.

Optitex

(Optitex 2014)

 (Optitex 2014)

In terms of the environment she envisioned the public turning away from fast fashion and hopefully from a throw away culture. Instead in the future that there would be an increase in the demand for higher quality items to be made, where they would be cared for and mended rather than tossed out.

The second person interviewed was a young adult male, who saw that advancements in technology would depend on the demand within the market place. With the constant want for devices which create convenience and ease for different tasks, for example hand held portable devices. These items not necessarily being created for tasks of great importance but can be mostly more of a gimmick.

In combination with the creation of technology for convenience it would also see the future progressing to a further on-line state through younger children raised with on-line integration. Leading to a future that will see people less and less interaction with the outside world as on-line computer technology allows for an instant access of information and services.

In terms of the environment, ultimately he saw a future where most people are concerned about the environment, but not passionate enough about the environment to make great changes within their own lives. With the environment being left to technological solutions, creating a future where many places of the natural world have been altered with different types of human technology where there is hardly any pure natural spaces left which can survive in the climate by themselves without the help of human technology.

Here we see two clear different perspectives on technology in the future may progress to, from a fashion point of view, having a closer look into technologies of the fashion industry and from a younger adult male who has grown up with a world of on-line technology.


 Reference List

Optitex 2014, Pattern design software, viewed 25 October 2015, <http://www.optitex.com/en/Pattern-Design-Software >.

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Rebecca Tomas

Interview: Into The Future of Technology

For my interview I interviewed my friend Chris who is studying a Bachelor of Science at UNSW. I was lucky enough for him to let me interview him as he is extremely busy.

For my first question I asked how he envisions the future from now? Chris said he envisions the future will be more open. With more open minded people, more relaxed and newer laws to adapt this, and of course more new and advance technologies. Though how will it change from now? Chris: With a newer generation entering the fields of politics and higher positions of major corporations and institutes, how input and the way we perceive the future will greatly impact it. We inevitably create our future and also how we are constantly glued into this wired network, always online, our lives tend to revolve around technology and at this day and age its still not 100 percent reliable, however in the future I’m sure it will be and we will still be very much attached to it more so than now.

Bringing up a topic which many people refer to when trying to envision the future I asked ‘Do you think technology will change dramatically as we see in films or do you think that is more so a myth? If so why?’ Chris: If there is one thing that science fiction has taught us, is that technology isn’t going be restricted to a screen anymore. Technology will be out in the environment, where we will continue to touch, but speak, and think in order to control it. I would too, have to agree with this answer. I believe technology is developing at such a rapid pace and there are constantly new methods and innovative ways on how to do tasks that I definitely believe that technology will not be restricted to a screen as it is more so now.

What new technology can you see humans using regularly?

Chris: Wearable and integrated technology. Technology will find itself in every aspect of life. This including items we wear. Technology will advance in the medical field. Providing better support for those in loss of limb or inbuilt technologies in the internals of a human. – I can definitely see new break through in the medical word for people with difficulties and maybe new break throughs with our medical research in regards to illnesses and diseases that do not yet have a cure.

Do you think everyday life will change dramatically in 20-30 years time from now?

Chris: No, not really. From watching films and what my parents etc have told be, the basis and structure of an ‘everyday life’ hasn’t changed that dramatically, and I foresee it to be the same in the next 20-30 years ahead. Of course small differences will be apparent.

In what new ways will technology evolve more so than it has today?

Chris: More advancements and innovations around sustainability. Using lesser fuels and other ways of producing energy in a more eco friendly method.

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Thank you to Chris for letting me interview him. I think from a general and somewhat of a scientific point of view. We got a solid understanding of how one human sees our future and how that might look from a technological point of view.

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