Black future super computer

Meet a fellow designer of the future, Mark Mushiva.

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Mark and I met in Berlin during a two week seminar on “Finding business models for Citizen Participation in Digital Transformation”. He was the guy in the back, asking a 3-minute long hypercomplex question on the topic, leaving both the speaker and the rest of us looking like question marks.

An output of our generation

I notice that Mark has a strange posture, he dangles but looks like he is being propped upright by something in his chest. I also notice that he almost always wore utilitarian clothing, plane t-shirts with muted colors, jeans, skate shoes, a cycle bag, all accented by a peculiar article of clothing like colorful socks or a dad hat with ironic text.

I mention Mark’s style because it signals the emergent aesthetic of a young utilitarian tech enthusiast with modern street fashion sense. No doubt the consequence of the inescapable influence of global pop culture and the information age where people move as freely as 1s and 0s on the information highway.

Mark “Question” Mushiva is member of the award-winning Namibian hip hop poetry collective Black Vulcanite and an interaction design researcher in applied games.

Mark in front of his computer, polishing his latest AR experiment.

When he is not playing some indie title on a mobile device, Mark is picking brains and probing at business model ideas. We had some great discussions on how designing future technologies affects us and future generations. In all of these vivid conversations there is a particular phrase you’ll hear Mark use quite often: “Black Future Super Computer”.

I asked him what the phrase meant, he said it encompassed every presence black people will have in a technology future. Sensing that perhaps he is often too cryptic, he went on to elaborate that Black Future is an initiative to achieve a vision with Africans as strong participants in the global tech economy.

What this means for Mark on the day-to-day is building tech products and services from the African designer to the world consumer.

Mark Mushiva

Mark is also the cofounder of a tech start in Namibia called The Tech Guys and a student with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, which explains why he in every idea he posits ends in talk of a business model.

When I told Mark about Occies he was bewildered in his response. “So you mean my parents were right all along, we do get squared eyes from computer screens?”

Well, maybe not squared eyes, but there are some potential issues with eye strain that Occies help ease. As work culture becomes increasingly intertwined with leisure life, we start to realise that the environment we work in is the same environment we live in.

For professionals like Mark, or for anyone that’s as thrilled as we are about the future discoveries, there will be a constant stream of new fancy toys and really helpful tools like Occies to support us. At home and at work.

Mark by the wall. Noting down some lyrics.

As the Berlin seminars had come to an end me and Mark had become good friends and I had learned something about him. Part of his dangling posture surely is the result of countless hours of video gaming, but that “something” in his chest is nothing else than pride. It’s the burning ambition and belief in a future generation that he defines as Black Future Super Computer.

We believe that diversity and equality are key components not only for quality design but also to facilitate innovation on a global scale. Mark is doing important work for all of us by sharing concepts like Black Future Super Computer and we are certainly looking forward to our future collaborations.

Mark Mushiva Techie/Rapper/Researcher

Mark always fiddle about with some cutting edge tech & art projects. Here’s a few links where you can try to keep up!

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Twitter: @markmushiva