The Center for Advanced Applications (CAA) is a strategic research project focused on understanding the complex problems of a globally connected world. CAA consists of creative thinkers and makers from fields such as art, design, education, and communications. The Center leverages this breadth of experience to critically engage with rising trends in global mass culture. The group researches the impact of emerging technologies on mass culture in arenas such as the ownership of information, erosion of privacy, and dependence on technological prostheses. To extend the research initiatives, the CAA offers consulting services, presents research concepts and develops innovative products that challenge our notions of what a consumer product can be.