Designing Ourselves Into The Future & Humanizing DID’s + VC’s

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Designing Ourselves Into The Future & Humanizing DID’s + VC’s

Thursday 3G

Convener: Denise Aurora & Manu Sporny

Notes-taker(s): Denise Aurora & Manu Sporny

Tags for the Session -

technology, futures, science fiction, designing ourselves, humanity, human embodiment, human technology, technology of self, know thyself, stories, use cases, build worlds

Discussion notes, key understandings, outstanding questions, observations, and, if appropriate to this discussion: action items, next steps:

Manu Sporny Notes

We gathered a number of people to talk about helping people break problematic patterns that they have and create a better future. The goal is to make sure that we're helping people reach their full potential with the technologies that we are creating. We gathered people that are story tellers with non-technical backgrounds to provide input to the W3C

Credentials Community Group and W3C Verifiable Claims Working Group.

The result of the discussion was a "Stories" section to the W3C CCG where people can tell their own stories about the future they want to create. This provides an outlet for those that are non-technical, but want to help and share stories (non-fiction, retellings, sci-fi, fiction, etc.):

Denise Aurora Notes

Discussed/Ideas Considered:

  • humans in/as technology
  • knowledge of self / know thyself
  • designing technology for humanity technology as a positive force
  • futurism
  • dystopianism and utopianism
  • light, dark has a role too
  • real human stories/heroic adventures
  • need of human stories to build technology for humanity
  • use cases/stories to be acknowledged
  • place for this discussion to be had

Discussion Notes (see below)

Key Understandings

  • technology is being built by corporate interests
  • technology can be built by human interests
  • need for use cases and stories to build technologies for humanity

Outstanding Questions

  • how do we make stories that have human relevance to help advance technology in ways that supports humanity’s thriving, life, needs, joys
  • how do we bring about the creation of technology that has human interests in mind
  • how do we build worlds we want
  • how do we support this financially


  • Paying attention to real human needs is not happening a lot
  • technology that pushes the edge of creation is funded by large corporate interests -- have the money
  • Refugee Use Case has been most discussed in W3C
  • Engineers think in binary
  • Futures discussions

action items/next steps

  • make real world human use cases and stories
  • include
    • science fiction stories
    • real world experiences
    • from experiencers
    • from artists
  • develop real technologies with stories in mind
  • make useful use cases in W3C
  • make use case / story telling Group
  • workshop in W3C


Denise Aurora’s Idea Notes Discussed


We’re creating and building worlds in the digital realm. Science fiction is coming to life faster than we alone may imagine…

Let’s look into what we’re creating, consider how we’ll design the new world that’s burgeoning through our human minds and innate desire for progressing the future into new dream realities.

Our current embodiment, our current and past experiences, our current ways of interacting with the world around us give us clues into the designing of systems that may augment human realities in

-the human body itself is technology -how much do we know about/control it -autonomic nervous system -billions of neurons internetworked -foreign invaders - bacteria, parasites & more -futuristic potential stories (fictional or not)

-i.e. alien machines that puppet us

Perception of Self, Multimedia Perceiving

How well can we know ourselves? And does our knowledge of self affect the technology we make?

-Our Minds, Design, Information Networks -Ancient technologies that survive today are for human brain & body balance & wellness -Sri Yantra - Maha Yantra considered an original “Original Device” technology in some Indian traditions -Visual Meditation (Yantra) for whole brain balance -Humans, our mind networks & architectures are similar to current technology -We have Input/Output -We Send/Receive Signals -Conduits of Reception & Perception -Talking, Listening, Hearing, Seeing, Feeling, Making -Sensory Apparatuses -Technology of Self -Algorithms spawn, catalyze within -Mimicry -Control and Authority of Self -Knowing Thyself -Core Self -- Identity -What is at the core of our organic selves/machine? -What pilots us? -How do we decide? -Prefrontal Cortex - Executive Self -Influences & Persuasion -Automated Systems, serve & not -information, people, bots, ads, persuasion) -“Going haywire” -Human Transformation & Healing -Smart Machines - Humanity


Discussion Notes After

(After Denise Aurora Presented Some Ideas)


Media/Art on Human Experience

Movies and Science Fiction Worlds that decipher futures with technology, dreams, emotions, battles, transformation, creation

  • Movie : Inception
  • The need for art and artists to create worlds that we may imagine in the future
  • The role of art in the making of technology

Concepts of Human Experience

Feeding of Black and White Wolves within, which one do we feed? The darkness within.

Dark is not bad.

Start with knowing the self

self-worth, depression, inner pineapple, giving out life and warmth.

Real Futurist Stories

  • Discuss the good and the bad as oppositions.
  • Dystopian Futures versus Utopian Futures
  • Bad is not that bad, it shows us, gives us insight.
  • Programmed Dramas
  • Complex, Realistic, Consequences, Stories, Emotional, Resiliencies
  • In Story of Character had good and bad.
  • Expand Our Emotional Capacity
  • Use Case effects must be nuanced with all, good, bad, and everything in between.
  • Every Revolution has the good and bad.
  • Engineers think in binary
  • How to make it make sense for engineers yet still include the nuances of human experience, honor human experience in technology creation.

Use Cases, Current Industry, Systems Design

-W3C -Verifiable Claims -Money Transfer, Accounts -How do we bring human ideas & experiences to the light of our creation in technology, identity -This is a Systems Design Discussion -Socialize the W3C, execs, out in the world for customer to be primed, receive

SciFi, Stories, Use Cases, Ideas and Technology Ahead of Sociocultural Time

Futurism and Startups

Several people Stopped working in start-ups and became a futurist (Denise and another woman -- (Name?)

Elements in Use Cases -Element is Data Analytics part -self-protected is not easy -When build a schema -Those of sensitive info -can be public -people are using schema table -people are not addressing sensitive points -GDPR


-Inputs improve intercites -All is Autonomy, MyStuff, MyData

Good Book : Dragonflies Questions -less is more -community -we need literal science fiction stories -relatable paths -scifi stories -In process of writing a new story

Standards -no one is challenging stories -need artists -no people writing relatable story

Cocreation -end users needs to step in -people who want to create Existing Use Cases -verifiable claims -refugee crisis

Use Cases being talked about most -Refugee crisis

User Cases Doc -large corporate interests -working group idea -use-to-use -engineers

Capabilities of weaving together stories for general public

Paul wrote a story for sensitive data

Data in Technology

  • Corporate Compliance
  • GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation in Europe
  • Sensitive Data
  • Any data that can be correlated is sensitive data

What is a Successful Use Case -bring in diversity, futurism -most follow money, other modes -build something actionable -take out key components -fundamental metaphors -futurist ideas

Stories -Technique to get stories -collaborative storytelling -tell stories

Contributing -time to story turn around -get stories -make website / page with stories -stories that believe in improvements to humanity -i.e. Refugee Story needs to be told by refugee -control states, not a social story -isolate, social model

Defining -Use Identifiers rather than Identity -What are the edges -Sometimes need to be anonymous -Trust Boundaries -Multiple identities cases -Pseudonyms -Profit model vs not -Terminology & Idea -Identity Wallet & Can Do Box -Verifiable Credentials vs. Identity


-identity workshop