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SXSW Interactive 2014

Pixelating Reality: How SmartPhones Shift Now

Many of us carry smartphones wherever we go. Increasingly, we are leaning on them as active and passive gathering devices of data and images. Google Glass and other recording devices bring the question further front and center—how is our recording and perpetually digitally checking in affecting our everyday lives? How are those check-ins and recordings shifting our being "present" in our shared Now and Here? Are we increasingly taking the opportunity to be digitally Elsewhere and not Present?

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  1. How are we recording and place-shifting our attention in our everyday lives and how are those recordings and check-ins shifting our present expectations of Now and Here?
  2. How are people becoming more or less attentive to the present with various time-shifting and -sharing technologies, ranging from smartphones through quantifiable self and wearable devices?
  3. How can we rethink social and intention norms of behavior with digitally connected content and tools?
  4. How do these behaviors impact live events, educational programs, and social design?
  5. How can we encourage better interpersonal interaction through shared photography, connections, experiences, and thoughtful interaction design?



Gigi Johnson, Executive Director, Maremel Institute

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  • Tags: photography
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Core Conversation
  • Track: Social and Relationships
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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