Travel and Serendipity – Matt Jones

How personal informatics are engineering coincidence, lowering environmental impacts, and forging a new golden age of travel.

“Voyage, travel and change of place impart vigor” – Seneca

Travel is an omnipresent force in culture – something we’ve always done, for trade, education, and also pleasure and adventure.

(Braniff International airlines photographs – totally pop-art)

Travel as exotic, sensual, luxury item.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” – Mark Twain

“Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer’s daughter” – Julius Comroe Jr.

“we wanted to design this around trust, and we wanted to design this around intimacy”

Nothing we do is sustainable – inventing agriculture brought that around. Travel is not necessarily sustainable – but can we use technology to help us lower the impact.

Services that let you declare the future allow you to model what you’re doing, and thus create a feedback loop.

Nicolas Nova – highspeed train map – deformed to speed.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landsacpes but in having new eyes.”


“I didn’t invent physics”

What about the past? “Where have I been, what I spend my time doing”. “Coming soon”.