Be Your Own Robot

A hands-on peek into the future

The "Be Your Own Robot" narrative is an open ended, real-life roleplaying narrative about our life in the next era of computing. It's a story situated in a speculative future in which the man/machine integration has reached a stage where software is interfering in each and every aspect of life, mainly caused by the permanent influence of an augmented reality wearable. Presumably, in a near future a light weight and comfortable AR wearable will be available, and for the sake of this semi-fictional story it's assumed that people have finally dropped resistance and accepted devices into their daily lives. It will cause people to morph into some sort of robot, when they're following tips, suggestions and instructions appearing in their HUD (heads up display). With sensors and a 24/7 always-on AI powered camera monitoring us, the cloud will be able to make the HUD interactions relevant and useful. It is a scenario that has oftentimes been covered in series and books, but in this narrative it's turned into a hands-on experience. The format of this narrative consists of the configuration options, the interactions and the notifications of the future software are implemented. So despite the fact that the the real hardware nor the software does exist yet, it nevertheless gives a hands-on peek into the future.

The story is meant to be experienced at intervals throughout the day. By opening the web-app a user is interacting with the semi-functional apps amidst his or her present day reality. This hands-on way to experience the future, helps to stimulate the imagination about what would be our real response in case we would have to deal with the configuration, choices and notification messages that will appear in front of our eyes, like they will in a near future.

For the time being, the story is open ended. Checking back at regular intervals is recommended. New notifications, choices, fictional apps and configuration options are added to the narrative in a continuous fashion. When new research, articles or books are published related to the scenario sketched above, the topics and issues are transformed into interactive formats that can be added to the ongoing narrative.
Open this page on a mobile device to experience the "Be Your Own Robot" web-app.

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