The Spime Arrives, Bruce Sterling

The Spime Arrives

What does the future have in store for us?  In whose hands will design be?  What economic trends will prevail?  Bruce Sterling provides the answers to some of these questions.  But some of the answers are hard to understand.  He foresees monumental changes in the world of design:  a transformation of conventional users, with their currently available user-alterable gizmos, into “wranglers” with blobjects, spimes, and arphids in their pockets and briefcases. 

To visualize some of this future world, take a gander at Sterling’s web video: The Spime Arrives.  Someday, there will be a world where products are designed, visualized, and ordered online.  Consumers may be able to see products manufactured and shipped.  And products will be made of renewable, recycled materials, hailing from the closest, most efficient location.  Plus, when the product ceases to be useful, the manufacturer will take it back from us with a smile.  Trash will diminish, the loop will close.  This is a world where everything is downloadable.  Metadata is valuable and enables solutions. 

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  • JJ

    This idea is sooo American. A couple of consumption obsessed, advertising brainwashed consumer drones drool over a production system that gives them whatever they ‘want’ whenever and whereever they ‘want’ it, regardless of need.

    In a post carbon world chairs should just be things you sit on, built to last generations, out of carbon neutral materials like wood, not consumer objects hijacked by high technology corporations to appease the lust for newness and differentness imposed on a supine public by that same corporations own marketing machinery.

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