Designing for Machines

Artificial Intelligence
Masterclass 1 h, 30 min
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly relevant to areas such as marketing, product development, service design and user experience. It is needless to say that there is a clear benefit in using AI as a tool for decision making, especially in complex situations. But how can we prepare ourselves for the time to come where computers not only help our decision making, but also make decisions by themselves in a way that no human has done before, or perhaps no human can make sense of? Is the Skynet from James Cameron’s Terminator films (and others portraying this scenario) the inevitable future of AI and humanity or are there more humanistic and collaborative futures? What does it look to design for and with AI systems?

Our masterclass and workshop aim to provide participants with the overview of the current AI landscape and the food for thought about how AI could have an impact on us in the future. The masterclass will showcase various practices with alternative perspectives on AI, such as new design opportunities around AI, design that serves for AI, exploitive misuse of AI, as well as other scenarios. The talk is the introduction to the following workshop where participants are tasked to create their own version. The workshop will cover the speculation about future needs and how we can make use of AI and the idea generation of what could happen in the surrounding of the future systems. Join us to time travel from recent developments in AI to near future scenarios.

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Philipp Ronnenberg

Philipp Ronnenberg is a creative professional with an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art.
He is researching and prototyping concepts for future interactive systems, applications and products in alternative realities and on the intersection between reality and speculation.

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Yosuke Ushigome

Yosuke is co-founder and designer at Takram London. Receiving MA in Design Interactions in the Royal College of Art in 2013, his interest centres around the vision of our potential futures that is supported by techno-political systems. By investigating, revealing, democratising and/or exploiting these systems that are usually invisible or inaccessible to the public, his prototypes attempt to facilitate better understanding and discussions of our preferable directions.

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