14-44 Story 1: Enchanted Objects

 

Synopsis: These days, it’s nothing to send a message, photo or business data right from your cell phone. In the near future, however, don’t be surprised if your pill bottle cap will remind you to take your meds, or give you pollen counts for your usual route to work – and suggest an alternate one. You could even have your umbrella provide weather reports, and your watch tell you where there’s likely to be icy patches on the sidewalk. We talk about these “enchanted objects,” and an experiment called “The Array of Things” with two tech specialists, and find out how our lives will be changed by giving everyday things “superpowers.”

Host: Gary Price. Guests: David Rose, faculty member at the MIT Media Lab, author of Enchanted Objects: Design, human desire and the internet of things.  Charlie Catlett, Senior Computer Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, Senior Fellow, Computation Institute of Argonne and the University of Chicago.

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