I know what you’re thinking blog reader, and yes I know the difference between the words STEAL and STEEL but it is my former career in stealing jewelry that lead to my current career in steel jewelry. I was at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting because, as it turns out, my jewel thieving money was mostly going towards my heroin habit.
In the first meeting I stated that I work in jewelry, “what do you do with jewelry?” asked another member, “steal” I responded. I meant stealing jewelry, he thought I meant steel jewelry, and it turned out they were looking for a factory worker in his steel jewelry line. Never correcting him, this was the beginning of what turned into a longtime and fairly lucrative career in steel jewelry production.
During my time on the line, I began to notice the differences – visual and tactile – between steel jewelry and the jewelry I had spent several years lifting from young American Princesses in highrises. And realized I had probably passed over a bunch of steel-based pieces simply because I didn’t know their value.
This is when I began developing the app and began to realized that while, like Uber, it’s OBVIOUSLY going to be used primarily for nefarious purposes, there is an industry that will convince itself they need it. There is no need for a mobile phone to determine between metals when it’s simply learning to do from human cues. But you can convince any human that a phone can do something he/she can do, and he/she will convince him/herself that he/she needs the phone to do it.