There may come a time when every single thing in every person’s life must be formulaic and done in a consistent manner to ensure the best quality of life. To stay in the best health, you must maintain a consistent body weight. To do this, you can only have x amount of protein, x amount of carbohydrates, and you must burn x amount of calories. When the people within a society are at their best, society is at its best.
I would create a system related to everyday activity tracking. A small apparatus would be inserted into a person to track what they do everyday. This includes everything from the importance of heart rate and calorie intake, to mundane things like number of steps taken or number of times blinked. The purpose of this device would be to ensure that people know what the condition of their bodies are in based on a score value. The score values is averaged out based on weight, calories burned, calories consumed, dopamine levels, etc. The goal is to stay within a certain score value. Anyone who is too far above or below the score value, society deems inefficient. This, I believe, would be efficient for both society and the individual because, as we’ve read in “The Quantified Selves”, there is comfort in knowing more and more about yourself. The most straightforward way to know about yourself is by seeing numerical values.
I would create a device small enough to be barely noticed or felt, and it would be placed into the brain surgically at birth. The device would track basic daily function and, at the end of the day, would see where you stand in relation to the global average.
Untitled (Toothpicks) by Tara Donovan is the finest example of innovative art that I have personally seen. From afar, the piece looked like a regular cubic hay bale. Nothing too spectacular. Upon further inspection, I noticed that this piece was made entirely out of toothpicks. Even still, I wasn’t able to fully appreciate this piece until I understood the true nature of it. The curator of this gallery told me, among a few others, that this piece was built on location, and also that no adhesive was applied. All of these toothpicks were freely positioned to not only create a sculpture, but a cubic structure at that. The creation of the piece, mixed with the medium, is what made this stand out. The piece wouldn’t hold as much value if glue or some type of adhesive was applied, or if a cubic mold was used.