Every interaction we have with a computer or a machine produces data about our behaviour and character. This data is used by companies to create personal profiles of us and the conclusions an algorithm can make about our character get more and more accurate with the amount of available data rising by the minute.
Now, Instead of the machine being a neutral recipient of our input - can it take on our personal character traits and behaviours? Can the machine learn about me and then take on my character? Can I be “reborn” as a toaster or a blender? Would my bereaved enjoy the company of machine that acts like me?
Vlog: Introduction Alex Gehlen
Hello, my name is Alex Gehlen. I am a German designer and researcher based in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
My work is focused on new technologies and their impact on our everyday life. I am fascinated by systems and processes and I like to research by applying new techniques and media. For this challenge I was especially interested in what happens with the data we leave behind after our death.
Design Challenge (Re)design Death