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Finlay commented on Smart Dust & Nano Tech

Hey Dima,

Thanks for the warm welcome. Let me try to explain my thinking a bit more clearly:

I came across this concept looking at the Gartner "hype cycle for emerging technologies”[1] and had no idea what smart dust was, so I looked deeper. Information online is scant, which inspired me to look deeper. I found articles and academic papers, as well as military, surveillance and healthcare applications. Although I never got a good sense of what these devices might look like or how they would function. This article on Forbes[2] is a great example of the kind of visuals being used to in conversations around this technology.

I've been making art on the topic, ideating on a design language to describe these concepts visually. If this technology is going to be a part of our future and have such major implications in our societies and lives, I hope that we will have conversations around privacy, security, and militarization in a public forum. My thinking in applying to this challenge was that I might get to connect with people who work in this field and can critique and make suggestions for how I can be more accurate to the technical details, as well as make suggestions for subject matter and scenarios which might be good to depict to further the discourse around this subject.

This topic feels to me like an intersection of science fiction and modern technology. I see this as an opportunity to discuss cybersecurity, as well as ethics, perhaps in a more hypothetical context. Though these predictions and suppositions might not be accurate, I think they point towards the direction we are heading and compel valuable discourse from the scientific community and general public alike.