RentAThing is a Reputation Management Service which enables negotiation for access by addressing risk.
Brief The brief for this Applied Dreams project revolved around issues of identity and privacy in a world of ubiquitous information and access, specifically looking at social, political, and technological forces at work today and their effects on the future.
Complete brief Applied_Dreams_2_2_brief.pdf
Project Description RentAThing is a tool for negotiation that provides additional information about the reputation of the parties involved and enables smoother transactions. Instead of silos of reputation, with various services, companies, and individuals developing isolated reputations, RentAThing provides a centralized means of managing and developing a single reputation: your reputation.
As you go through life, you acquire a reputation. Do you pay your bills on time? How do you treat library books? Do you forget to return money you've borrowed? This reputation affects your ability to gain access to things and services. In the future, with spimes and smart objects as actors in a world of ubiquitous information, your objects could be rented to anyone at any time. Gaining access to those objects could be as simple as having a great reputation.
Presentions Our presentation describes in further detail several scenarios involving reputation management services, along with potential interfaces and some future opportunities.
You can view the presentation slideshow on Flickr.
A video of the presentation we gave at the end of the two weeks is also available on YouTube.
Publicity RentAThing has been featured in the following blogs: