Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Media Lab

MAS.910 Social TV Projects

deStillr 2.0

deStillr 2.0 is a project proposal for MAS.910 Social TV.

deStillr 2.0 poster

I've been thinking about this William Gibson quote from Idoru:

"[TV's audience] is best visualized as a vicious, lazy, profoundly ignorant, perpetually hungry organism craving the warm god-flesh of the anointed. Personally I like to imagine something the size of a baby hippo, the color of a week-old boiled potato, that lives by itself, in the dark, in a double-wide on the outskirts of Topeka. It's covered with eyes and it sweats constantly. The sweat runs into those eyes and makes them sting. It has no mouth, Laney, no genitals, and can only express its mute extremes of murderous rage and infantile desire by changing the channels on a universal remote. Or by voting in presidential elections."
    - William Gibson (Idoru)

There's something terribly wrong with this. The problem here is that these poor creatures need to use a remote. In this project I propose a bio-feedback system to machine sort television clips that provide maximum stimulation.

deStillr would use a remote heart rate sensor to monitor the vital signs of viewers. Clips that trigger maximum emotional response from the viewer can then be learned and replayed en-masse. The result might look something like this:

Sample Video

In case you're interested, here's a full res poster.

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