Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Architecture of one and RFID's: new Hospital design based upon Clinical Sousveillance

Julia Scher has done some interesting work in predictive engineering, and from this, one can understand how medical culture is being transformed by technology. So how RFID systems track inventory, medical equipment, medicines as well as infectious diseases, and patients with memory loss, one will need to come to terms with the transition of catagorizing towards sorting large amounts of information.

This trend will also intesect with the rationing of medical benefits as the medicare system becomes strained with an aging baby boomer generation. Medical error is one of the main things that verichip seeks to prevent: but in the sea of information, one still needs to balance the human input/output symmetry towards dealing with tons of information that is approaching being continously archived, and needed to be retrieved. This will require an augmentation of ones ability to monitor the immediate world around them and will require a mediated reality to understand.

This intersects with Donald Knuth's book "The Art of Computing Programing" and the historical trend to sort and organize large amounts of information. This began with the Babylonians, and goes to the Telephone book, and then to bar coding. Future computer scientists will deal with new chapters on RFID's.

It is interesting how Knuth make reference to architecture of libraries being in his lecture,"things that computer scientist rarely speak about" and this is a very deep thought that intersects with some of the trends William Mitchell's book mentions.

It seems that a lot of the surveillance artists are contemplating architecture in the setting of ubiquitous computing: but how do persons empower themselves with the arhitecture of one? Hence Ayah's suggestion of RFID verichips integrated into cloths would be very fascinating. But as Steve Mann's Sousveillance work is demostrating, as as confirmed with sousveillance artists such as Clayton Patterson, and Aldo Tambellini, the act of retrieval, if independent of the individual, and overly dependent upon surveillance systems can create all sorts of problems. Individuals need to be able to recall for themselves to prevent a machine induced amnesia, or institutional dementia. Hence systems need to be based upon clinical sousveillance paradigms to maintain subjectright freedom and autonomy.


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