Graduate Thesis / Speculative Design
Today, we are backing our selves up online. A reflection is forming that is becoming increasingly like the real you - your “data double.” We have little to no control over the fate of our data doubles and in a burgeoning future of worn biometric sensors, this lack will likely cause a tipping point in the culture where users will demand to take an active role in the fate of their data.
Data created by the body is intrinsically different in comparison to data created through the use of internet connected technologies. This biometric data is created subconsciously and is highly intimate. Where all personal data is potentially sensitive, biometric data is as personal as it gets. Users must be given agency in the biometric data marketplace. The ability to choose must be the prerogative of its progenitor.
BIO I/O is a speculative business that asks the question:
How might a biometric data marketplace look should every-day users be offered agency?
Users are 3D scanned, and bespoke, beautiful, biometric sensors are sent to their homes. They begin to collect data in an encrypted online silo where deep learning algorithms will begin to search for patterns indicating oncoming health problems and to provide minor but constant trim-tab adjustment directly to their bodies. When sufficient data is collected, a user may begin to donate data to research they feel an affinity with, or to sell it to market research companies at a satisfactory price. The user is now in control of their data.
The biometric “statement pieces” are designed specifically for each user. 3D models are created against 3D scans (digital impressions) for perfect fitment on 3D printed output.
A working prototype was built with Arduino, and users biometric data was uploaded live via cell network to a public website, lending a preview of a possible future. BIO I/O