Visual Diary

Future Lens

Here is a quick and dirty version on my predictions of the future based on observed behaviors. Details coming soon.

Near Future: 5 Years / 2021

Growing visual platforms in the form of video, VR/AR, as well as gestural tendencies enable new ways to engage.

Communication and Interaction is about to completely change. How, why, and when we talk to each other are driven by the speed of uncovering of self purpose and disposition toward societal contribution.

Future: 10 Years / 2026

Tech has given us the capacity to cut work inefficiencies, increasing leisure time. We become dreamers- AR/Magic leap ideas give us the opportunity to dream further.

Our reach is further than ever and it becomes easier to physically connect and travel. Globalization makes nomad, normal. There is new discovery for the mass- those who have never been able to go anywhere else begin to venture.

Further Future: 30 Years / 2046

Earth has changed on a molecular level. Global warming effects are clear and the drive of biotech has changed biology.

Paradox. We are more in control, at the same time, the Earth is breaking down, so we are giving it new meaning. Portable spaces are common, but they are isolating. Every part of the world is now ‘developing’.

Distant Future: 50 Years / 2066

We have full capacity to discover other planets. We recognize life other than Earth. Space travel is not just for the selected few.

Generational Future: 100 Years / 2166

Universal exploration. We travel through space and time.

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Becoming More Human I: Women In Tech

This is the first part of my ‘Becoming More Human’ series, where I share moments to understand humanity and our current vulnerabilities. My perspectives are usually held privately, but in light of recent events, I felt the desire to share and welcome open conversation.

The starting point of this conversation is stimulated by an event called “Taking Flight: Career Progression for Women in Tech”, recapped here, with panelists as badass as it can get:

Anna Patterson (VP of Engineering at Google)
Tara Hernandez (Director of Systems and Build Engineering at Linden Lab)
Jessie Frazelle (Software Engineer at Google)
Lila Tretikov (Board Director at Rackspace) 
Linda Nguyen (VP of Engineering at Medisas)
Moderator: Angela Zhu (Software Engineer at Airbnb)

I had lines of questions scribbled in my notes. 6/7 questions regarded towards bias opinions. I resisted the urge to ask questions like “How do you deal with current pressures for women to be more aggressive?”

Currently, a majority of conversations towards women in tech are about facing adversity. How did you overcome x? What kind of attitude should I have when y occurs?

Instead, I wanted to steer the conversation towards non-gender biased questions such as:

‘What excites you about tech?’

‘What impact do you see yourself making in the tech field?’

‘What are some tips for building a community?’

As real as these problems are, the empathetic designer in me just wanted to understand how to be a better human/designer/leader. These are all questions that any one can answer, and each individual may answer differently, regardless of gender. This was exactly why I was excited about the panelists, who collectively, created various road maps and delivered advice based on their own experiences.

This is not to say I support the current of state of equality. In conversation, I could sense the tough exteriors built by years of discrimination. However, let’s encourage an attitude where gender, sexuality, race, religion does not define a person, and approach each other with an understanding that every person is an individual, and we should treat everyone like so.

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The Whitney

Snuggled between the highline and central model-sonly nightlife meatpacking, the Whitney is a sign of the “hip” cool sister of the art world. Entering the crisp white glass and metal exterior are hoards of eagerly waiting museum goers of every age. Flashes of green, purple, denim, leather, Sandro, Brooklyn, and Muji enter the elevator. 3-5-6-7-8. No one gets off. Everyone decides to start from the top floor, heading down. Upon finishing the flow with abstraction, I searched for the stairs- discreetly hidden besides the museum offices. Until I decided to walk outside, did I realize the Whitney wanted us to breathe in the New York scape-- a palate cleanser before heading down the outside stairs. With nooks for people to stand on every stop of the floor, she begs us to stop and enjoy.

The beauty of a museum is not the art work itself but in the performance of time floating backward, forward, present, past and future.