Modern day fortune-telling is far-removed from the mystical readings of natural and celestial phenomena it once was.
Today it is all about data.
Emerging from research into artificial intelligence and cybernetics post-WW2 and increasingly made possible by an exponential growth of available data via digital networks and sophisticated sensors, prediction is fast becoming a life-changing science. The institutions of finance, such as trading, insurance and gambling are already inexorably linked to prediction algorithms. More recently we have seen a shift into online retail - Amazon.com for example has just gained a patent for ‘anticipatory shipping,’ this initiates the delivery process before the customer has clicked the purchase button. All of these systems routinely use data provided by people going about their normal (and sometimes private) business.
This project explores how data and algorithms could be reclaimed for personal use - individuals can select a specific event to be predicted such as a domestic argument; the likelihood of ones own death or the chances of a meteor strike. A service provider then determines the necessary data/sensory inputs required for an algorithm to predict the event. The output from the algorithm controls a visual display on the prediction machine, informing the owner if the chosen event is approaching, receding or impending.