8 Bytes of Body
University project, Critical Design
Team members: Himanshu Rohilla, Jip Asveld, Pauline Maes
8 Bytes of Body is a project that critically explores a scenario of a data driven future. It paints a picture of a (near) future where society is no longer comprised of individuals but manipulated and analysed patterns of data. It tries to explore some scenarios that might take place in this world through a physical prototype and a short film.
Quick hypothesis: Beyond behaviour patterns, identifying information about persons could be stored in as little as 8 bytes. Those would be the only identifying bits.
The device is the spindle that this world revolves around. It manages most aspects of one's life making living easier, healthier and providing a wealth of convenience. In this world the device has become an irreplaceable aspect of society, living without it is almost not an option. Integrated with every aspect of life, from your work to your social life, it guides you like a compass and keeps track of the patterns stored in its chips (the triangles in the pictures). These chips are replaceable but contain the patterns that define you as a person to the overall system.