Ghost in the Machine

Alex Gehlen

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

Cube design museum is organizing a design challenge in the run-up to the exhibition (Re)design Death. The exhibition consists of over forty Dutch and international design projects on death and the rituals surrounding it. And aims to remove the taboo around death and dying. The exhibition opens on february the 11th. More Information