Be Your Own Robot


What makes us human? Our body? Our behaviour? With technology becoming part of us, one wonders to what extent we can outsource our (inter)actions. How is humanity changing under the growing influence of hi-tech? Computer scientist and fiction developer Sander Veenhof will sketch a future scenario in which we do not have to run away from the tech-oriented future, but we can't sit still neither.

Open this website on your smartphone to access the interactive prototype and try the conversation autocue plug-ins


1. We've already turned into cyborgs (half man, half machine) since the mass adoption of the smartphone


2. Controlling everything around us is no longer fiction, like in games such as Watch Dogs


3. This MIT app turns the smartphone into a remote control for objects around us.


4. Instead of looking through a smartphone to interact with things around us, the semi-digital world around us will be an immersive experience thanks to augmented reality wearables.


5. We'll be able to view what objects connected to the internet of things have to say to us


6. Abstract visualisations will help to prevent information overload


7. Artificial intelligence will monitor our behavious and offer to help when nessecary


8. We want everything for free, so there will be a little advertising in return


9. Wearing Google Glass in public wasn't a succes, so Microsoft wisely pitches their Hololens augmented reality unit as a wearable to be used at home.


10. Various vendors imagine this is how we'll access our screens in the future, this is how our future as smart beings will look like. If you don't want to spend 3000 euro for a Hololens, order the $100 euro Seer helmet!


11. Or build your own DIY wearable


12. One day, augmented reality glasses will be cool


13. Use-case: wearing AR glasses while driving


14. Use-case: wearing AR glasses when your car does not drive


15. You can be a car mechanic with the right guidance


16. Fiction?


17. We're already temporary shop employees when we're self scanning our products


18. The screen instructs us what to do and asks us for information


19. Numerous screens are entering our life, asking for information and/or advising us what to do


20. How many wearable and external devices can we handle?


21. Even self learning apps and devices will need some initial configuration to know how we wish them to operate


22. Another device, another configuration screen


23. And some more..


24. Plus the management of event triggers and connections amongst apps, devices and us


25. Humans are going to be a piece in an interconnected web of data-driven entities


26. We will need a standardised OS (operating system) to manage our semi-digital life efficiently


27. An API will apps and devices can connect and get replies without bothering us


28. With standardised inputs and outputs, you can easily switch provider or oursource your cyborg behaviour services


29. Instead of just the big names in the field, multiple vendors and suppliers will be able to plug-in and provide you with customised services, personal guidance with the right tone of voice, adventurous state of minds or whatever cyborg behaviour you wish


30. Be Your Own Robot!


31. Activate plug-ins using your mobile control unit


32. Humans are the new robots


33. Acting as robots, our behaviours might be patented


34. Formerly human behaviours will be digital processes with an impact that goes beyond Tinder matching


35. Dating will be efficient task thanks to Artificial Intelligence, real-time sensor-data and background profiling


36. AI will help us to say the right thing at the right time. Unlike the movie 'Her', in the future both parties on a date will be powered by digital insights. We'll no longer be 100% human.


37. Social interaction will be a semi-digital happening. Scripted, patented, for sale or available as freemium content.


38. The positive side: anyone will be able to install and activate the skills required to achieve any imaginable task!


39. A distant future fiction? No need to wait for the hardware to arrive. It's ready to give us glimpse into our future reality.