HiveMind


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imageIt’s no secret that Will Wright is a personal hero. Hell, I guess loads of people think he’s amazing. It’s not only his vision that inspires me. He has also reached a certain status where he has ‘carte blanche’ when a new, crazy idea flares up. It’s like people with money know that the probablility that something he touches will turn gold is high enough to take risks. Will Wright, as it seems, has a license to dream.

I remember Pieter mentioning that his former boss Guillaume Van der Stichelen thought the next big taboo to break was privacy. Wright seems to agree and to even bank on it with his next project. He sees youngsters sharing a lot of stuff people used to keep personal, probably since they now have the tools. He hopes to give them even more with his new project codenamed HiveMind.

Gathering data about people is one of the main areas of R&D and we already see some cool stuff happening. Up, a wristband by Jawbone, allows you to precisely monitor your every move and combined with the amazing tech one can find in a smartphone it opens a whole new world enablingstuff like sleep analysis and health monitoring. Wright wants to go even further and collect as much data about the ‘player’ as possible.

You see, he’s going for the end game, the point where it all comes together. You might wonder whether it’s fair to use the term ‘game’ for this, but that seems to be his point. What he is working at is bringing down the boundry between the digital and the ‘real life’.

Sounds far fetched? I don’t think so. The tools  (smartphones, sensors, mobile data, …) and services (foursquare, facebook, twitter, last.fm, …) are in place. We just need a way to connect them in a very elegant way. And to make that happen, you need someone to pull it. Someone with a license to dream.

Someone like Will Wright.

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