Tales Of Things: A Social Network Of Objects
Your pen, stove, and daughter's drawing all have their own social network with Tales of Things.
When you buy something in a second hand shop, undoubtedly you might ask yourself what is the history of the object? What about its previous owners? This is exactly where the Tales of Things project becomes relevant. Researchers at University College of London have created a website utilizing rfid and qrcodes to keep track of the history of your objects. Each object is photographed, given a story and then tagged.
Where this becomes culturally relevant is how these objects enter into a social network with other objects. They are given a type of subjectivity that is usually assigned to humans. Therefore, the tracking of these objects not only reveals stories of its owner but a type of autonomy to the life cycle of an object.