Sensors, Feedback Loops & The Humanity of Surveillance

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In Wired’s July 2011 issue, it talks about how feedback loops are providing an exciting opportunity for changing human behavior, presenting the case of dynamic feedback displays, or driver feedback signs, where a speed limit is posted along with a radar sensor that reads your approaching speed and displays it on a digital sign 워드 렌즈 다운로드. The comprising technology is not new or revolutionary but the use of them to influence behavior is pretty inventive considering no police officers or cameras are around to issue tickets 인텔리스튜디오 다운로드. And it appears to be working.

The key is the loop and components themselves:

  • First you need DATA – evidence and measurement of a behavior 다운로드.
  • Next you add in RELEVANCE, or social context, that provides a proxy for meaning. In the case of driver feedback displays, posting the speed limit next to your actual driving speed 다운로드. This is called informational design.
  • The next step is CONSEQUENCE. The information must be tied to some larger goal or purpose 1km 어플 다운로드.
  • Finally, you have ACTION where the party can calibrate a behavior, make a choice and do something. That action is measured and fed back into the loop where it can run again 다운로드.

What’s been fueling the feedback loop revolution is the cost, availability and use of sensors. They’re drastically coming down in price and an increasing in quality and utility 다운로드. Ostensibly a world with ubiquitous sensors could dramatically improve human behavior, allowing people to set and achieve more definable goals, curb destructive behaviors, monitor performance and continuously improve the process 유튜브 배경음악 다운로드. You can imagine modifying everything from eating and drinking behaviors to work patterns to energy consumption to dating.

Regardless, by outsourcing our decision-making process, we are moving towards an existence where, more and more, technology performs a seemingly “human” role 스케치업 2016 32비트 다운로드. And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it helps us save us from ourselves.


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