UCLA, UK and Bloomsbury Gallery discussed on Chips with Everything


The guardian. I mean, you Jordan. I to me. Well, yeah, that's really had a good day. Touch is a fundamental part of human interaction even when our communication is mitigated by technology as it so frequently is nowadays, it's often via some sort of touchscreen, but as far as physical interaction with other human beings in the same space, some people think we're living through a crisis of touch, especially when it comes to older people. In the UK half a million older people go at least five days a week without coming into contact with anyone at all. But some think that we might be able to use touch base technologies to help the bull noble members of our communities. As the deputy director of UCLA's interaction center Nadia Patou's puts it technology to be truly effective in our social network. It should be able to adapt to the effective needs of each user group or even each individual. So can sensory technologies, help older people and people in by an hunting connections between them and their loved ones. I think in the care homes, particularly, we found that it was the family members that needed. This sort of thing actually wasn't necessarily the residence that was suffering from dementia. It was the family members who wanted reassurance that they still had that connection with loved ones. Oh, in focusing on creating these cool new technologies, do we run the risk of distracting from what people really need the human touch? You may feel that you are interacting much more closely the person using these remote systems, but that can create a scenario where you will feel less the need for physically traveling to the person and interacting with them. And that can be bad thing from a social perspective. I'm Jordan. Erika Weber and this is chips with everything. This is a pair of clubs that we've made peace cooed I wanna hold your hunt and they in early June an exhibition at the Bloomsbury gallery sought to consider the potential of sensory technologies, visitors to remote contact, way able to interact with artwork that explores how new technologies can enhance the connection between a person and care and their family and friends said they measure with precious senses that measure galvanic skin response, and they also met GPS. So you cannot chilly map a walk way. You're holding hands in a number of different sort of dimensions, different data sets. So you can see his Catherine vaccine. Dale is the creative producer at invisible flock, the interactive out studio behind the remarked contact exhibition. Julie, a couple that we worked with in Liverpool. So Phil have dementia. Gotcha. And Julius, his main Keira every day they try and take walk together in their local park, and they hold hymns as they have always done as a couple through the puck and as fills dementia has increased in severity. He needs a wheelchair to get to the park, but they still make sure that he gets out of his wheelchair and they even take a few few few meters holding hands. And we wanted to try and find a way of capturing capturing how important that active holding hands is said. We did this by creating a pair of gloves for them. Goals at the exhibition wanted you want business to get out of it. So we wanted to stop dialup. We wanted to propose ideas and begin conversations. So everything's interactive in a way that we want people to do things and explore the ideas rather than say, we've got some onces here, have a look at them. We wanted people to think about the questions that were proposing and explore them themselves and discover what their relationship to touch might be. So I'm Kevi Jerry. I'm a professor of technology UCLA knowledge lab, which is a research unit within the institute of education University College London, and your main research interests at the moment. Touch how the digital remediate, so shapes how we touched one another to communicate. And have you been see this exhibition remote contact, the exhibitions collaboration that I have with the artist studio, invisible flock. So I've been fisting the artists over the last couple of months, watching the exhibits, get into shape remote contact. This exhibition came about because of this collaboration. Like you said, this reset protect in touch. Can you tell me more about that project? What were its goals? So in touch, digital touch communication is large European research commission funded project, which loss for five years, and I'm the lead with my smooth team that I work with and the goal of the project. In a nutshell is really to ask, what is the to touch? How is the digital changing touch? And how's that going to shape the ways in which we communicate in the next five to ten years? And this the exhibition explores how did you do touch can be used with people with dementia. Right. Was that always an element of the research project or did that come in later a Spurs technologies, find their place in a way and touch is really important to our health and well-being from way tiny babies. When we're born, we need to be touched. We need to be touched simply to develop the muscles and develop our hand off coordination and through touch refill emotions, and that loss for a whole life touches is very key, and the idea of how the digital can come into that space and how it can reconnect us and give us different kinds of touch experience that compose physically hill an emotionally enhance our wellbeing is. Is a is a key area for the development of these technologies.

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