Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Home of the Future

Our final assignment for ACN107 is to create posters based on the idea of 'Home of the Future'. This has a lot of creative potential, as we are expected to design posters that we believe shows off the future as we think it will be. I am choosing to take a negative view of the future, and this means my posters will probably be ironic.

Three aspects of future life that I'm considering are:
1) Environmental factors
2) Science and Technology
3) Fashion

Environmental Factors

"Byline: Mark Z. Jacobson

The use of biofuels, particularly ethanol, has expanded in the last few years based significantly on the premise that biofuels replacing fossil fuels may reduce global warming and air pollution problems. While this claim is still being debated, the real comparison should be between biofuels and other emerging technologies. It is found here that both corn-E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline) and cellulosic-E85 degrade air quality and climate by up to two orders of magnitude more than Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs) or Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles (HFCVS) powered by either solar Photovoltaics (PVs), Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, wave, or tidal power. As such, the use of cellulosic or corn ethanol at the expense of the other options will cause certain damage to health, climate, land, and water supply in the future.

Source Citation:Jacobson, Mark Z. "Effects of biofuels vs. other new vehicle technologies on air pollution, global warming, land use and water.(Brief article)." International Journal of Biotechnology 11.1/2 (Sept 5, 2009): 14. Expanded Academic ASAP. Gale. Deakin University. 22 Sept. 2009

I am intrigued by this idea that although we keep attempting to improve the environment, since that we are aware of the harm we've done to it, we are nonetheless continuing to damage the earth and ourselves. Scientific progress - while improving our lives in the short term - is destroying us.

This concept reminded me of the 2008 animated film, Wall-E.

Wall-E is a story set in the future about a little robot who seems to have been left alone in a post-apocalyptic world. However, it was not a nuclear bomb or anything of the like that 'destroyed' the Earth, it was humans and their pollution. The little robot Wall-E survives only because he is a robot. Humans have all either died out because of their inability to live in the unsustainable environment, or have migrated to the giant space-station where their life is largely restricted.

I like the idea of robots roaming the desolate earth. They cannot progress because they don't have any creativity or innovation to create anything new. They merely rust and eventually 'die' themselves.

Science and Technology

This website has a selection of potential future robotic technologies. Mostly, they have been designed for human benefit (as all technology is). We generally think of robots as subservient and merely used to accommodate our growing laziness. When humans are too lazy to do the job, send in the machines! However, I see this as a negative thing, and the common idea of 'the rise of the machines' comes to mind.
I think it's likely that human kind will die out in the future. We are becoming so reliant on technology that if it malfunctions, we are unable to function ourselves. This reminds me of segments of 'Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory'. The designer Greg Broadmore created a catalogue of futuristic devices that were conceived even in the 30s and 40s. Most of the catalogue is ironic, and laughs at our idea of what the future might be. However, there is a sinister underlying tone to the book. It is a social comment on human nature and how technology destroys us. There are contraptions in the book that accommodate the sloth of mankind, which are both mentally and physically destructive.

I like the idea of robots being all that's left, and the few remaining humans are so reliant on technology that they simply cannot function without it. I think I'll design my posters in the style of Broadmore- with many ironic comments and comical disclaimers.



This article explores the idea of technology becoming integrated with fashion. Since 'the future' is often associated with furthering scientific technology for our comfort, I think it's reasonable to assume that the future of fashion wil involve technology.

For my poster, I might explore that idea that future human fashion is alike to putting on a mecha suit. Soon man becomes machine externally, because what could be more lazy than wearing clothes that function as your bathroom/kitchen/air conditioning/heating/anything you can imagine.

Overall, I believe I have a fairly bleak outlook on the future. Although technology will advance and everything will be efficient, handy and most importantly- lazy for humankind, human life will cheapen. Life would have no meaning anymore, everything would be too easy. Although it's arguable that it was only natural for man to advance in knowledge, and therefore advance in their methods of maintaining life, I believe we may breach the bridge of nature soon. Perhaps we are delving too deep into questions that weren't meant to be answered. Perhaps our defiance against the natural order will soon bite us back. Soon we'll be less than human.

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