Ambient Findability: the idea of being findable at all times. A completely connected environment has caused us to marvel at the smart-phone that holds the world in our hands, and slink back in caution at the idea that we too, are accessible. Are we afraid of the hidden stalker? In reality, how many of us feel like the target of a psychotic stranger determined to take down who’s path he finds? Could it be that we’re afraid of our co-workers, friends, or family searching our name and finding something they shouldn’t? Is it the fear that we too might become stalkers?
There is no doubt that we are in a transition period. From factory workers to the robots that have taken their place, we are entering a technological age, and turning back looks slight. So, we must deal with our reality. A few years back we experienced a revolutionary transition period that initially led to an up rise in divorce: women entering the workforce. During the feminist movement women were aspiring to careers outside of the home. This financial independence meant that women didn’t have to be married for financial support.
Initially, this lead to an increase in divorce as women became pickier about how they chose to live. The children of this generation felt the painful consequences of divorce and since then the rate of divorce has decreased. May we say, lesson learned?
With connectivity comes information, and with information comes responsibility. It’s true that technology comes with freedom that can lead anywhere from a life of convenience to losing the value of privacy, but as we adjust to the medium, through trial and error, we will learn how to attain balance. This new medium not only allows us to be connected, but also to work within a spatial environment, limitless in space, unlike the linear reality we live in.
Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men. –Ayn Rand.