Heading towards the future, we are moving towards an internet of things, which encapsulates physical objects connecting to the internet and becoming tangibly social able. These objects gain a sensory capacity allowing them to dynamically register changes to their environment, they store and process information as well as independently initiate action.
In 2008, the number of things connected to the internet exceeded the number of people on earth. “Once (these) “Things” are connected to the Internet, they can only but become enrolled as active, worldly participants by knitting together, facilitating and contributing to networks of social exchange and discourse, and rearranging the rules of occupancy and patterns of mobility within the physical world.” These objects, for example, have capabilities such as tracking a human’s blood pressure and heart rate and connecting this information to other devices to track health for insurance purposes, or an alarm clock that can alter a person’s wake up time in consideration of external, time effecting instances.
“When it is not only “us” but also our “Things” that can upload, download, disseminate and stream meaningful and meaning-making stuff, how does the way in which we occupy the physical world become different?” It raises questions on the experience of a place, the perception of objects and being human.
My remediation uses Brad, the anxious toaster, as an example of an internet object. I used 1984 as a representation of how these objects function under a form of surveillance, observing their surrounding environment in order to adjust its actions as for an object “to be truly smart, must learn from the cumulative data within its realm to understand and guess what likely choices might be for a given agent and then facilitate or enact these on behalf of that agent.” Brad the toaster is “in constant contact with other connected toasters like him — and thus keenly aware of how much action they’re getting.” And when he senses he is not being used enough he will respond in ways such as wiggling his handle to get your attention. This demonstrates the responsive intelligence objects are developing through their connection to the internet and other objects.