Towards Office Spaceless Society

The original purpose of office space was gathering people in one place to jointly do a work which could not be done by one person or a dispersed group of people. This original function of office space was, of course, useful. Unfortunately, as soon as people started getting together allegedly for work all drawbacks of human assemblies transpired: intrigues, conspiracy, several against one and a few against many, endless chats and interactions which have nothing to do with work etc. etc. etc. Besides office space provided excellent conditions for mediocrity to organize against talent and subdue it. Needless to say, that all these "functions" of office space are undoubtedly harmful. They are the real cause of companies aging and becoming less competitive. They are the real cause of economy stalling. How to get rid of them ?

With progression of technology the less and less work requires concentrating people in one place. Nowadays it is possible to accomplish any job by dispersed individuals. However they who love the harmful functions of office space do not want this to happen. Besides, there is such an issue as security.

One of the reasons why companies do not want people to work from home (or elsewhere) is that sensitive and proprietary information could be downloaded to the home computers and then fell into the hands of anybody. Although downloading files to local computers can be easily blocked there are still security risks. For example, how can companies be sure that when their employees access confidential information from their computers at home, nobody reads it over their shoulder ? Or that somebody else did not glean the passwords of the employee and did not get access from external computer to the company intranet for just reading the confidential files rather than downloading them ? This is a big technical challenge on the way to office spaceless society.

One of the possible solutions to this problem could be replacing computer screens with smart glasses capable of recognizing eyes (or DNA) of those who wear them. Information displayed on such glasses could be only seen to those who wear them. Putting glasses on the nose loosely to create a sufficient gap between them and the face through which the other person could read what the glasses display would be impossible. The glasses would only work if they are put pretty close to the eyes to allow them to perform eyes recognition. Needless to say, that reading information over the shoulder of a person who wears them would be also impossible. Stealing the glasses and mounting them on the nose of an unauthorized person would also not help. For glasses would recognize that the person who took them on has different eyes (and DNA) than the authorized employee.

It is also not difficult to ensure that certain files cannot be displayed on general monitors but on specific glasses only. Thereby unauthorized access to sensitive/proprietary information through temporary and internet files on local machine would be also prevented.

Specifically, the following security protocol could be implemented:

  1. Company server randomly chooses an encryption algorithm and encrypts a file requested from outside. It does not transmit it until requestor is identified.
  2. Upon completion of eyes recognition server transmits the corresponding decryption algorithm which can only be interpreted by the glasses' processor. Then it transmits the file.
  3. Glasses' processor decrypts the file and display it on the glasses.
  4. Server may at random times change the encryption algorithm and provide the glasses with a new decryption algorithm.
  5. Eyes recognition is constantly repeated with a sufficiently small interval of time.
  6. The processor stops streaming information to glasses as soon as eyes recognition fails and informs the server about it.

It would be nice to see what else solutions to this important problem could be found by TRIZ. There are other technical challenges on the way to office spaceless society, which will be considered in separate articles. Getting rid of office space and all who thrives in it would be an important milestone for mankind. At any rate its achievement would leverage innovation much more that deploying TRIZ in office space.