With her post “Mobile Zukunft – ein Blick in die Glaskugel”, blogger Alexa Wackernagel took second place in our blog contest on “Shaping Mobile Life”. In this interview, she answers a number of questions about her inspiration and her views of the mobile future.
Alexa Wackernagel: I can’t nail it down to a particular time. As a science fiction fan, the future is a part of my daily life – even if it’s only wishing I could beam myself, and that occurs to me nearly every day. I simply gave my thoughts free rein and collected ideas. Putting them into words was much harder.
AnW: How would you summarize the basic essence of your text? And in terms of content, what was most important for you while writing?
AW: Networking is increasingly becoming a part of our lives, with the boundaries between online and offline, private and public, becoming more and more blurred. While I was writing, I realized how complex the subject is, so a differentiated view of the various contexts was important to me.
AnW: In your post, you describe a state in which people will be online continuously – connected by an earpiece and glasses or contact lenses. “People no longer choose to be online, but decide when they want to be offline” – and disconnect via thought control. Do you consider that to be a desirable state?
AW: I pay a great deal of attention to what I post and where. The idea of being “always on” doesn’t really strike me as desirable. But I think we can hardly avoid it, so I’d rather try to keep at least some control, rather than accepting it passively. On the other hand, I often forget to check into locations, and automating the check-in would be really handy in such cases. In principle, I like the idea of having a natural, barely noticeable connection to the net on me at all times that I can use without having to twiddle around with gadgets or deal with language barriers.
AnW: One final question: how many new web and mobile applications have you personally tried in the last 24 months – and which ones do you still use regularly?
AW: Oh, that’s hard to say. I try quite a few things, but I quickly lose interest or fail to see the point of an application. Travel helpers like booking apps, timetables, maps, and guides are indispensable – I’d often be lost without them. Tools like Evernote, Dropbox, Shazam, Facebook, and Twitter are faithful mobile companions, of course. And sometimes I just pass the time by drawing in SketchBookX