Lu The Biosensorist










GUIDING QUESTION  ─


How should we govern our free natural resources?


Through a protopian speculative system for government accountability and transparency run on the blockchain.








SKILLS  ─

Foresight
Social Organization
Design Strategy
Design Research
Speculative Design
Systems Thinking
Brand Identity
Storytelling  
Figma








Discovery

In our present day, we experience daily effects of converging issues. A pandemic that is partially a result of poor governance of natural resources. A time for vast reflection. What if technology could help rebalance our social systems?












Contextual
Research

The investigation began with exhaustive research of blockchain, bitcoin and artificial intelligence. I interviewed cryptocurrency day trader and blockchain aficionado, Larry Zagorsky to find out the nuances of the blockchain system. I was interested in questions such as:
 
“Who created and funded it’s development?”
“Why does the creator remain anonymous?”
“Who will have access to blockchain?”
“How will blockchain change our societal values?”
“Who will benefit and who will be disadvantaged?”







Define

As a protoyping activity, I generated a series of 5 short stories using the desk research, interviews, post-it note mapping and the Zoom presenation I attended as inspiration.






Prototype + Test

After deep consideration, I decided to move forward with the narrative of environmental sensors connected to the blockchain that control politicians salaries, based on the devices data. I began prototyping the physical device and collaging imagined locations.







Refine

Below is a prototype of the environmental sensor in a adhensive flexible silicone. The final device would use a miniature Raspberry Pi electrical breadboard.










Speculative Design Fiction

How should we govern our free natural resources?












Employee Archetype
Development

Lu is a junior Biosensorist gig worker at Sphere Solutions, a technology management corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California. Sphere Solutions was developed throughout the social unrest in the year 2020. When the American ‘checks and balances’ system failed, natural resource depletion was at an all time high, and riots were common. At the peak of this social unrest on January 11, the US dollar collapsed as the World’s reserve currency, due to the Coronavirus pandemic and a cryptocurrency became the reserve currency. Many foreign governments and corporations needed dollars to finance trade, and the pandemic fueled massive demand for US currency as investors exit markets and seek fixed assets. As a result, the global economy is effectively net short dollars. In response to that demand, the US over issued dollars. But once the crisis passed, and demand dropped, the value of the dollar was not sustained. This paradigm shift led to the rise of cryptocurrency becoming the reserve currency and extinguished fiat money.

This is where Sphere Solutions comes in. During a time when many saw a dismal future, they saw a business opportunity.

Sphere Solutions installs and manages the environmental sensors that are placed on public areas, such as trees. These sensors measure climate change indicators - carbon dioxide, temperature, and rainfall. The data collected is directly uploaded to the blockchain.







User Interface + Experience

The Sphere Solutions app was designed for the Biosensorists to locate, install and track the sensors and data.





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