“All selfies taken with your smart contact lenses
will be shared in real time with the proper authorities”.
Image: Signs From The Near Future.
I’ve been thinking about environmental aesthetics for the past few days, which corresponds with how long I’ve had Fernando Barbella’s Signs from the Near Future open on a browser tab. The Barcelona-based creative director started a Tumblr to investigate how the new technologies we dream of will actually begin to subvert our surroundings—which, in our litigious world, mainly means a planet filled with futuristic warning signs.
“New materials, mashups between living organisms and nanotechnologies, improved capabilities for formerly ‘dumb’ and inanimate things… There a lot of things going on around us!” Barbella wrote me in an email.
“And all these advances can be as exciting as disturbing in a way, at the same time, if we think about it,” he wrote. “The fact is all these things are going to cease being just ‘projects’ to became part of our reality at some point soon.”