So, as I asked yesterday, what happens if every object has a status message?
- You never again leave the oven on– it sends you a message when it’s on with nothing on/inside it.
- You never get up to go to the washroom in a restaurant and see the bathroom is occupied.
- Is the milk off or is it still good? Now you know.
- Flights let you know in advance when they’re going to be late– no more finding out at the last minute when it’s convenient for the airline.
- (Most important) Where are my car keys?
The status message can be expanded to every object in our world. It is natural and in fact inevitable that this will happen. It has no privacy concerns and is far more useful to know where an object is than to know random snippets from a person.
It might even be possible that we needed people to create the status message, but that the amount of interest in objects’ status will eventually supersede that interest in people.
This may seem like a stretch, but it’s natural. We don’t need to hear where Jim is on Twitter when we can ping his location instead.* I’m already finding that logging into foursquare is sometimes more useful to let people know where I am than sending them a text message.
Do you see the same thing?
* Merlene reminds us that locative metadata is great for avoiding people, too. 😉