Thursday, March 16, 2006

Elizabeth_Chapter 7_Jeremijenko

In her article, Jeremijenko discusses the "structure of participation" between humans and devices containing voice chips. The author theorizes about how human beings will utilize voice recognition technology in the future. In order to ascertain such possibilities, she advertised a "design your own voice chip-using device" competition to the members of a science fiction writer's mailing list. She then used the just-under 300 entries received to make some assumptions of how we will use such technology in the future.
Some competitors, for example, designed devices that would trigger electric shocks in order to help regulate a user's self-control. Others used voice-chip devices to promulgate propaganda. Almost all of the entries illustrated the "desire for social and individual envisioning and regulation" (280).
Although I believe that the author is concerned about the effects technology might exercise on social behavior, do you think that such concerns are warranted? Can the messages contained in a voice chip device effect the way we act/think/feel, or are such devices merely novel gadgets that save time? Are Jeremijenko's ideas science fiction or fact?


At 1:31 PM, Blogger Yildiz said...

The nature of people have changed, we have less attention span and less time for listening to anyone's crass, I don't see then why would we listen to our gadgets?

I mean it will be fun! for few days! then as technology develops into something more amazing.. our love for this will fade away.. quickly..

It reminds me of an art work.. where the artist had to make a box ..
he made a box put an alarm clock in there.. and glued in glass piece all over the box.. so he when he gets up in the morning he will get up! he cant turn the alarm off bcoz eventually if he does.. he will get up from the agony of getting cut from those glas pieces.. thats self regulation right? eheheheh wont last long..


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