Back in May, I introduced the concept of Thingclash at Thingscon 2015 in Berlin. Amid a group of talks that focused on users and social aspects of the IoT, my talk laid out the foundational thinking behind the thingclash concept as project.
The key questions I tried to point to included:
- Where are some of the unseen social and cultural frictions not currently acknowledged in IoT development?
- To whom does data that we generate within the IoT belong?
- In what ways do IoT business models attempt to shape our behavior?
- How can people best interject themselves and their wants and needs into the design of new IoT products, services and ecosystems?
The point of the talk was less to present a finished concept, and more about opening the discussion—and this project—to a wider group of participants. That much has been a success. The offers to participate from designers, technologists, social critics and others have been a recognition that an issue—or many issues—exist here. Bruce Sterling's kind endorsement of Thingclash as a collective project, and call for others to participate, was welcomed as well.
We've kept Thingclash on a slow burn over the summer due to unexpectedly busy schedules, but are shifting back into higher gear now. We will be talking more about our ideas and proposed tools, welcoming guest contributors here on the site, and looking at different ways to bring attention to frictions that emerge.
Your feedback is always valuable. Keep it coming.