== Applied Empathy: planning humanistic systems==
Over the last decade, computing has become the most frequent leisure time activity for westerners. Yet little do these addicts know that science fiction is soon to become science fact: embedded, ubiquitous computing environments, direct mind—to—machine user interfaces and predictive software that anticipates are just the beginning. Despite these remarkable advances a decades—old trend persists: most computing technology excels in its brute force task completion ability but does not create humane interactions and experiences. The drive to innovation and pushing the bounds of technology is rarely accompanied by a corresponding interest in and design of fulfilling the deepest needs and desires of users. What good is technology if it is not enhacing the human condition beyond simple completion of tasks?
Our unique Applied Empathy model creates a framework for understanding and creating technology that maximizes the human condition. The result is more devoted, passionate, fulfilled users who see your technology as an integral part of their total lifestyle. Inspired in part by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, the Applied Empathy Framework provides a conceptual model for fulfilling people’s Analytical, Emotional and Physical needs by incrementally gaining acceptance and trust, moving from Participation to Engagement to Productivity to Happiness and finally to Well Being. Adhering to the model in product planning and product development helps bleeding edge technology meet the deepest human needs: Fulfillment, Ecstasy, Growth, Health, Joy, Meaning and Satiation. This presentation will explain the method and show its real—world practical impact.
Transhumanism Meets Design - humanityplus.org/conferences/parsons/ humanityplus.org
On May 14-15 2011, Humanity+ International is partnered with Parsons The New School for Design in New York City to produce Transhumanism Meets Design. The conference was co-chaired by Ed Keller, Associate Dean of Distributed Learning at Parsons and Natasha Vita-More, Chairperson of Humanity+. The aim was to explore emerging technology, transdisciplinary design, culture and media theory, and biotech.
The conference brings together futurists, cyberneticists, life extensionists, singularity advocates, A[G]I and robotics experts, human enhancement specialists, inventors, ethicists, philosophers, and theorists to meet with the creativity and rigorous scholarship of design at Parsons.
Technological innovation permeates all aspects of society—from tiny water purification packets and portable LifeStraw filters, to GPS tracking devices, wearable Timex iPods and Gel-Kinsei high-tech running shoes. Because technology and society evolve together, it has become increasingly important to develop a greater understanding of how technology is shaping the course of our lives. We are faced with a need to continuously become more innovative in harnessing and controlling technology’s acceleration. Nevertheless, innovation develops in stages. When it speeds up, we are faced with an urge to become ever more resourceful. When it slows down there is an impending impatience to compete with the exuberance of China. There is no doubt that even the most conservative thinkers agree that we have stepped into an era of a massive change. The good news is that our human diversity continues to spawn inventiveness and novelty.
Humanity+ @ Parsons NYC explores how society can establish innovative thinking through design to harness this adventurous ride into the future where Transhumanism Meets Design!
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