Reflection on group progress on task 2

After brainstorming on 10 different drivers of changes today as the group: we have decided to choose lifestyle efficiency and ethical standards as our final driver of changes. We have also allocated each person to the four high and low quadrants however I think that a better definition is needed to define each driver of changes and to differentiate the two as Annalise mentioned that they could appear too similar or as already intertwined issues. I quite like our driver of changes though when it came to thinking about what needs to be researched in relations in each quadrants, i think we got a little confused and indecisive and therefore all agreed that we need to first arrive at an agreed definition of both terms before we fall into the trap of assuming.

I was allocated to the high lifestyle efficiency and high ethical standards quadrants. With what i understand right now – lifestyle efficiency is how fast a product is produce to meet the consumer’s needs and ethical standards is involving morally correct standards of labours and perhaps human rights. When it comes to discussing what needs to be research for this quadrant, it was rather confusing for me:

A future world that have both of these drivers of changes on the high would seem to be a correctly balanced world, however aswell as a rise in life standards for workers, there would also be a rise in product prices. In a future world where technologies rules, a decrease in employment rate is also possible since mass production is obviously more efficient than hand made products, this in turns means a decrease in employment rate?

I think that it is necessary for the group to imagine the future 2030 world together and set the context before furthering the research? I am finding the task slightly hard to get my head around! but I’m sure that after some more group meetings, I will understand better.

5 things of interest in relation to drivers of changes 

EADS Zehst Hypersonic Transport Video on Youtube

  • This is a concept that would allow a flight from Paris to Tokyo to be reduced down to 2.5 hours
  • I was interested in this  in relation to my group’s driver of change of lifestyle efficiency but also in linking to the concept of polarising people because I think that it is an idea that people would love or hate (seeing from briefly reading the comments below the video
  • Personally, partly because I am an international student so i travel a lot back home and the flight is the most dreadful part of my trip so if flight time from Paris and Tokyo can be reduced – I’m sure other flights can too and that would be highly convenient
Touchscreen table for menus, orders and entertainment in Taiwan
  • Although similar to those touch screen order restaurants already in existence, i found this invention to be quite interesting as it is a further extension of the concept. It is a polarize idea as it may seem excessive to others but completely helpful to some (e.g. pictures of food and description). The product raises the issue of human labour, could computer start to replace human in the work force? In all account, it seems that although perhaps excessive and a bit futuristic – this touchscreen table for restaurants may be a more efficient way for restaurants to cater to customers needs as all the informations are already there.
Bruce Mau ‘The Manifesto of Growth’ 1998
  • Mentioned by Annalise in the tutorial, i decided to have a good look at Bruce Mau’s design process and actually found it quite interesting and thought provoking!
  • The BMD design process steps is relatively different from Guy Kawasaki’s ‘The Art of the Start’ and I found it was interesting to see from a designer’s point of view in comparison to a business entrepeneur’s point of view
  • Particularly the point where Kawasaki mentioned not to jump curves while Mau encourages it!
Stuart Candy’s blog
  • After watching his video as part of the text, I was interested in Candy’s display of the future through images and hence found his blog to have a look at some of the images he made (in the video it was rather hard to see). I think that it is useful to see how Candy have visioned his idea of the future world, especially in his blog post ‘Posthuman Cities’ where we see a mix of utopia and dystopia. It was helpful to read his post as seeing in task 2 we have to imagine scenarios and the world in 2030 – envisioning it into an image form is very useful as other people can also see what you are imaging.
  • Perhaps our group should start with drawing up the world on a piece of paper to arrive at a context (for task 2 and 3?)