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Decentralised Futures

In our digital era, large corporations act much like over-curious neighbours. They gather glimpses of our online actions, creating digital profiles that echo our habits and preferences. Much like sharing our personal stories without consent, these profiles are then traded in the vast market of the digital age, often termed as “Surveillance Capitalism”. The concern arises when we ponder: Shouldn't we be the authors of our own digital narratives?

“y demystifying surveillance capitalism, we're forging design paths for responsible computational systems.”

This venture is reminiscent of a secure diary for our online lives. Instead of companies sketching our digital personas, this project proposes tools that allow individuals to shape their online identity. It's akin to having a trusted guide during an online journey, directing paths without revealing secrets. Instead of delving deep into complex tech solutions, this project leans towards speculative design and user empowerment. Through engaging workshops, collaborative brainstorming, and real-world home deployments, the project transforms the conceptual compass into a tangible one.

Imagine a world where our digital footprints evolve into soft echoes rather than loud broadcasts. By re-envisioning the way we interact with technology, this project champions personal online narratives over commercial ones. As the AI realm grows, this initiative ensures that it evolves with us, akin to a plant growing, anchored in our individual choices. Envisioning a future that balances technological growth with individual agency, it aims to ensure our digital stories remain uniquely ours and not commodities for trade. Moreover, it offers insightful considerations, guiding design researchers and designers in envisioning a decentralised future of responsible computational systems.

“My aim is to demystify Surveillance Capitalism”

A render of the 'Triad' system consists of three efficient computational units, each boasting specific functionalities. When united, they offer combined processing power. Designed for usability and versatility, the units collaborate securely, exemplifying minimalist design and targeted capabilities. It is an example of a decentralised computational system design adhering to two design considerations.