Why Things Matter

A Manifesto for Networked Objects — Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things by Julian Bleecker

Context: Addressing the concept of the networked object and the life that it can create through the information it produces through “blogging” (posting) data. Defines the concept “blogject” as an item that posts data through networked means. The attention of the blogject is on the participation that is required from an object. Blogjects carry data in their bodies, store the history, track and trace movement & interaction. They are an active agent.

Other points:

Traces: Where you are + where you’ve been in geo-spatial means

Spime: Searchable agents, track their location, usage instances, + discourse with other things around them.

  • Human agency alone is not what shapes us as we occupy + move through space.
  • Storing the memory in the objects should be embedded rather than indexical
    • This is the history of the object
  • Agency: the ability to format action, be decisive, and articulate.


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