So I read the sixth part of the book “Soonish” titled ‘Robotic Construction’. This part of the book talks about how we should be moving towards having robots work in construction jobs specifically in building houses. How it relates to oral history is when the authors talk about the history of building homes faster in the past. First they bring up the fact that in 1917 Thomas Edison had the idea of instead making a new home every time you wanted one just make the mold of one and pour concrete into it. Then during World War II Ernst Neufert had the idea of making houses on the back of trains bringing in raw materials as they go along the tracks to build. None of these ideas caught on obviously they were kind of crazy. Nowadays scientists and engineers have made advances in the robot making houses area something that wasn’t thought to be possible until recently. The part of the book that is this chapter is a good example of talking about how robots doing construction work to make house building easier and faster. How it relates to oral history by having historical examples on previous attempts of making houses faster as well as easier.
I will be planning on interviewing my brother in law Marco since he is the oldest member of my immediate family who is not my parents. I don’t want to interview my parents just because they don’t speak english and it will be difficult with all the translations. My brother in law on the other hand is a lot older than me so it’ll be interesting to see how technology was used by him growing up poor in southern California. I am not sure which piece of technology to focus on really there’s a few I was thinking about like maybe the smartphone. I think i’m going with the smartphone since my brother in law use to work at Verizon Wireless store, so he has lots of experience with smartphones. But only in his adult life he has experience with a smartphone not when he was growing up so it’ll be interesting to see how our experiences differ.