❒ LETS : Efficient Platform to Make People Social in Real World.

❒ Online services promote strengthening the physical community by joining the online community these days. However, after people joining the online community based on the physical relationship, the actual physical interaction weakens over time. We have hundreds of Facebook friends but it only ties strongly in online but not in actual life. So I wanted make an ‘efficient platform’ that quickly completes the user/group interactions with the ‘actual behavior.’

 

❒ In 2015, September 15 at Boston, there was a premier of the Black Mass. From this event, the one elderly woman got viral over the internet. She became an online hero because even if there was Johnny Depp she was the only person not taking picture. A futurist, Ray Kurzweil predicts digital implant in human body. He questions people’s dependency on smart phones are an example of brain extender. As we are counting on the digital devices we might lost the reality in our lives. Then, what does the digital devices provide for us? Digital devices gave us efficiency in our lives. We use the emojis to express one’s feeling as a shorthand in our text messaging. So we can see that people are looking of the efficiency in lives.

 

In terms of text messaging when there are multiple people, it is hard to get to the point when we are scheduling something together. One might ask for Friday night, another can’t make it on Friday, and the other is looking for other time. So, I wanted an efficient way to scheduling. Changing the process from “Talk and do co-activity” to “Decide co-activity and talk” will give a different behavior.

At ITP, people enjoy playing foosball. However finding three other players is a painful process. As time goes we made our efficient gestures. As soon as people make an eye contact both fists are shaken. As a reply, people either nodded or shaken their heads. From here, I wanted to make an efficient platform between friends. It involves a User Interface and new language. So, I wanted a simplest language to kickstart an action. This web app quickly disseminates the activities that any user wants to do to every friends. Before developing an app, I found the key how to express human activities; 5W1H. So, I trimmed it to 4, What, Where, When, Who. Each topic will have options. What: Drink, Sports, Food, Attractions. Where: 0 mile, 1 mile, 3 mile, 5mile. When: Now, 1hour later, 2hour later, 3 hour later, 4hour later. Who: 1person, 2people, 3 people, 4 people. As an user/erector, it will quickly click icons and send it to all of the friends and the friends will join the chat. In terms of language I wanted make a new application of emoji to describe a schedule.

Machine Learning will soon mock human brains in every aspects even in anything that deals with human emotions. We know many of the pop music now are computer-optimized. Industrial revolution replaced the human muscles. Now, machine learning is replacing human brains. For example, if we have nothing but autonomous driving cars, would cars need signal lights? If every car is connected, we would not even need traffic lights. In the future, something we had as a tool for communication will not be needed. So, the chatting that I am building is going for the future, you don’t talk, you don’t have to learn same language as your friend. Only thing you need is just understanding of the icons. If you watched Facebook F8 2016, the key is nothing but better expression and better share. Facebook used to have a solution to express and snapchat took over by video. Now facebook is competing against by adding a new features. So, we can see the trend how it is evolving.

Text ⇢ Picture ⇢ Video

So, I am heading to the other side of expression, even before text, the Icon. It is better sharing because they share a moment by doing same activity.

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A. Background
When I was at the NYU ITP, people loved to play foosball but it has been painful to actually play… Gathering 4 people on the foosball was painful that we had go and ask people ‘you wanna play?’So, I wanted a simplest way to kickstart an action. This web app quickly disseminates the activities that an user wants to do to every friends. Before developing an app, I found the key how to express human activities; 5W1H. So, I trimmed it to 4, What, Where, When, Who. As an user/erector, it will quickly click icons and send it to all of the friends and the friends will accept/deny the message.

B. Machine Learning & Utopia
Many people questioned me about the term, ‘Utopia.’ I borrowed it from Kanye West’s interview.
“What’s your version of utopia? I don’t think people are going to talk in the future. They’re going to communicate through eye contact, body language, emojis, signs.    Imagine that. If everyone was forced to learn sign language. ”

Kanye West: Free Form


The reason why I liked the term ‘Utopia’ was because it is the future we are heading. Machine Learning will soon mock human brains in every aspects even in anything that deals with human emotions. We know many of the pop music now are computer-optimized. Industrial revolution replaced the human muscles. Now, machine learning are replacing human brains. For example, if we have nothing but autonomous driving cars, would cars need signal lights? If every car is connected, we would not even need traffic lights. In the future, something we had as a tool for communication will not be needed. So, the chatting that I am building is going for the future, you don’t talk, you don’t have to learn same language as your friend. Only thing you need is just understanding the icons.

C. Exclusive VS Inclusive
If you look at the facebook, snapchat, instagram they all have an exclusiveness. You can limit your post to your friends excluding people. It is because of facebook which started for the people who have emails ending with “.edu.” Lets that I am creating is inclusive to every friends on the list because it is action oriented not friendliness-oriented. Action oriented means instead of being behind the computer, it makes people to get together and do the activities together.

D. Expression & Share
If you watched Facebook F8 2016, the key is nothing but better expression and better share. Facebook used to have a solution to express well and snapchat took over by video. Now facebook is using instagram by adding a new feature story. So, we can see the trend how it is evolving. Text>Picture>Video. So, I am heading to the other side of expression, even before text, the Icon.

Icon ⇠   ◉   Text ⇢ Picture ⇢ Video

Instead of competing with other platforms, I am targeting the other side of expression. It is better sharing because they share a moment by doing same activity. We don’t need VR to mock being together. https://youtu.be/ouE6qyTc-l0?t=8m43s

E. Google VS Instagram
When you search do you lie what you need? When you post picture on the instagram do you post anything ugly? The data Google is collecting is pure data. People do not lie what they are searching for. On the other hand, data that instagram collects are not pure because people on the instagram want to post something that can trigger more like buttons. The data Lets will collect will be pure and sincere because you don’t lie to your friends especially when you are scheduling something together. So the future community that lets is going for is Utopian that people do not lie but are honest.

 

 

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December 7, 2015

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