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BACHELOR OF CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES

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Emile Drescher


SELF PORTRAIT


AB O U T

ME

Recently I completed my first year of Creative Technologies at AUT, passing with the following marks; AB+ BABB

Studio 1: Introduction to CT: Programming for Creativity: Studio 2: Maths and Art: Physical Computing:

I consider myself a young artist experimenting in creative outlets to find my professional niche. The Creative Technologies course attracted me because it offered a broad range of future career options, bound together with a creative backbone. I enjoy keeping visual diaries and illustrating them. Over my summer break I created a website for myself which I currently use as an outlet for projects that I’m working on. My website is also a way for me to start documenting my creative work and create a portfolio - It can be found at.. www.

.com

In my free time i also enjoy photography, using SLR film cameras and creating photographic prints in a darkroom. You can also find me fiddling on a banjo or guitar and creating stop motion animated music videos to my compositions.


20 I t ’s


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you’re walking down the street. What technology are you using, wearing or seeing?


WE L C O ME TO THE YEAR 2028 We are all familiar with the human genome project, which was a huge international endeavour to map out the entire human genome. This project began in 1990, lasting 13 years and costing roughly $2.7 Billion USD.1 Technology since then has progressed at an unprecedented rate with nowadays specialised companies offering personal genome-mapping services for a fee. By the year 2028 personal genome mapping will be a commonplace affordable technology and possibly even a human right. The benefits of having this information readily available are enormous. Huge amounts of intricately personal information that previously was unknown becoming revealed would be one of the greatest scientific discoveries to date.

HUMANS ARE LIVING ORGANISMS DEFINED BY THEIR DNA, WITH OUR DNA MAPPED OUT WE WOULD TAILOR OUR LIFESTYLE TO SUIT OUR DNA FROM WHAT FOODS WE EAT, TO FINDING A SOUL MATE BASED ON GENETIC QUALITIES.


In June 2009, a company specialising in personal genome sequencing called Illumina charged $48,000 per genome sequenced. One year later in 2010, the price of sequencing a full genome was cut to $19,500.

THE COST OF SEQUENCING A HUMAN GENOME IS DROPPING RAPIDLY DUE TO THE CONTINUAL DEVELOPMENT OF NEW, FASTER AND CHEAPER DNA SEQUENCING TECHNOLOGIES.


IN 2 0 2 8 , WH ILE WAL KI NG DOWN T HE S T R E E T I will be communicating with interactive genetic analysis technology. This technology will be interpreting my unique genetic makeup and applying it to the environment around me, aiding me to make customised decisions depending on my specific genome.


THIS GENOME DATA WILL BE HELD IN AN IMPLANTED TRANSCEIVER WHICH CONSTANTLY INTERACTS WITH THE OPPORTUNITIES BEING BROADCAST FROM EVERY SHOP, OFFICE BUILDING, BUS-STOP AND HOME I PASS ON THE STREET. - It will connect me with other people around me. - I will control the output of information via privacy settings. - I can help myself to lunch from a street food stall and my account will be automatically debited. - Building managers will know who is in their building. - Security and safety issues will be addressed in this way.

- When I take a train or bus, there’s no need to remember a passcard. - Similarly in banks, airports and other places which need failsafe ID. - If I am ill, the hospital or surgery know my medical history, bloodgroup and useful genetic information the moment I walk through the door. - Bars can play my music of choice without asking and serve me my favourite drink.

All this information can be collated to make introductions to other people who share similar tastes and interests. And at the end of the day, I can access a review of my interactions and choose which opportunities to emphasise the next day. All in all, this technology represents the future of progressive open-ended self management applications, rolled into one.


This technology can be allied to other biometric technology, for example; alerting me that my bloodsugar level is low and suggesting suitable meals available nearby that suit my genome type.

One in every 20 deaths is attributed to diabetes 12 3 equating to 8,700 deaths per day

with many of these deaths a result of badly self-managed sugar/insulin levels. with this new technology a large percentage of these deaths could be avoided if personal management of the condition was aided by interactive biometric technology.

On top of this, giant breakthroughs in personalised medicine would develop. Previously unseen insight into what diseases individuals are prone to and the development of predictive medicine. With this biometric technology the lifespan of an individual would be increased by simply adjusting their lifestyle to match ones DNA. THIS TECHNOLOGY IS ENTIRELY WITHIN OUR COGNITIVE GRASP. WITH EACH DAY WE ARE MOVING CLOSER TO AN EXCITING FUTURE WHERE BIOMETRIC AND BEHAVIOURAL INFORMATION INTEGRATES EACH ONE OF US WITH THE THE WORLD: A WORLD TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR INDIVIDUAL UNIQUENESS


BIB L I O G R APHY 1: National Human Genome Research Institute. (2010), Human Genome Project Completion, Retrieved(17.12.12) from : http://www.genome.gov/11006943 2: MacArthur, D. (2009), Retrieved(19.12.12)from: www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/06/Illuminalaunches-personal-genome-sequencing-servicefor-$48,000 3: Hope4Diabetes. (2010), Diabetes: Worldwide Epidemic Retreieved (24.12.12) from: http://www. hope4diabetes.info/general-information/diabetes-aworldwide-epidemic.html


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