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Jonathan Rankin

MA work

Murmur

Murmur gives a user the complete picture of what is recorded of them and who is recording it. This is accomplished by the monitoring of Wi-Fi data packages. Patterns and information contained in these packages are analysed to determine the type of data recorded and where it's being sent.

The locations of these devices and the nature of data they collect are combined and visualised on a handheld device, an instrument which a user can refer to in order to asses their surroundings as they move through an ever-changing digital landscape.

We are moving towards a future in which every action is recorded, and yet we remain largely unaware. It is possible, by becoming more informed of our surroundings, to take back and maintain some sort of control. Murmur provides a means to this control, helping you to know your environment; what is recording, when it is recording, and who that information is shared with.

With control comes true consent. Only when you see the full picture can you make a fully informed decision as to what you are willing to share.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2017

  • As a designer I see myself working at the intersection between current technology and its potential implications for people. I feel that the longer term impact of contemporary technology and innovation is often neglected, and that questioning and experimenting in possible future scenarios I can develop narratives which highlight flaws in the current accepted norm. 

    Rather than change human behaviour in the present I experiment with positives and negatives in future spaces, and work on developing interventions that address problems in a possible dystopian future. With new interventions I aim to facilitate new or more meaningful interactions either between people or between people and technology in possible future realities. 

  • Degrees

  • MEng Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London, 2015
  • Experience

  • Brompton Bicycles, London, 2016
  • Exhibitions

  • IDTechX, Berlin, 2017