Human of 2020

Let's scroll through the time from the time when humans had primitive instruments, as we remember us from the beginning, to the present, as described by the futurists a little less than a century ago, when humankind got a complex view of the modern world. Smartphones upended every element of society during the last decade, from conversation, transportation to food extraction.
The advent of the smartphone marked the combining of man and gadget. These devices might not be embedded into our forearms just yet, but they have so fundamentally changed over the past decade how we interact, explore and now even augments the world nowadays. We're each wholly devoted to these flat rectangle bars, rarely out of hand or at the very least rarely out of reach.

It took 2007's first-generation iPhone, however, to spark the smartphone's rise from novelty to ubiquity. As our digital addiction grew, so did our dependence on intangible tools - apps.
Now in 2020, the smartphone runs a close second to oxygen as an essential. It can quickly call up any ounce of information discovered in human history, letting us answer "How to calculate the length of a circle" via
Google and end stand-up debates on any topic. It lets us produce art, document global events and let our voices be heard at any instance from anywhere. It can help us find like-minded people, organize online meetups on special days without borders, save and share our memories, even translate from an alphabet which does not exist anymore — or pick at insecurity through an endless hunt for "Likes". It has engulfed our wallets and stereos, diaries and sketchbooks, cameras and maps, newspapers and game consoles. Apps let it transform into a book, a TV remote or a carpenters' level.

However, the smartphone has shaped the "Always online" generation, where most of us become neurons of the huge global brain, ready to respond to each kind of stimulation. Laptops made the workplace mobile, but smartphones tethered people to the workspace in a way we never thought possible — and when the iPhone gave out, plunging humans first into panic and then a kind of calm.

The strengths of 5G and cellular connectivity will make us more reliant on the smartphones because they'll interact with more things throughout our worlds, adding to the ways these devices become extensions of our bodies on the way to the stars.
YANJIAO, CHINA
"Human of 2020" on Digital Virtual Technology vol.02
Yanjiao Biennial / 16.01.2021 - 06.02.2021
Report of Digital Virtual Technology and the Private Sphere Vol.02
Report of Digital Virtual Technology and the Private Sphere an exercise in which participants complete a process similar to the critique of everyday digital life through digging, observing, analyzing, and comparing cases involving their own digitization and virtualization. The work will be carried out by each participant in the form of video, image, text, audio, etc. These "private reports" constitute a collection of dissected images in the overall project, which is a combination of an open platform and a community of images.
Each participant performs a private "daily practice of digital virtualization analysis" and records it, based on a private starting point, in a way that is personally chosen. I need to try to find a reasonable combination and further integrate and compile the initial "private reports" of each member into a collective image community.

Vol.02 builds on the previous project, focusing on the nuances of digital virtual technology and related issues. Keywords for the project report:

Technology and the Body - Emin Mathers
Initiator Jieyuan Huang, 2020
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