As technology becomes more personal, more natural, and much more friendly, there is a growing need for a different kind of writer – those who are skilled at engaging with an individual's emotions and imagination.
Can artificial intelligence create entertaining storytelling for the rest of us?
In the future the media landscape, where we will be immersed, would be completely different from today’s media ecosystem.
Emerging trends shows the arise of machines in the form of robots and AIs as companions and intellectual workers. AIs and robots will interact with us through virtual reality experiences and smart environments.
Conversations with Alice is a virtual reality application where the content is completely generated by algorithms. The app explores 3 different media, sound, visuals and text, all coming from different algorithmic and generative sources.
A dialog between chatbots is the narrative voice that walk with the player in immersive imagery that evokes the dreamy atmosphere of Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The landscape is an algorithmic modification of panorama images taken by a robot, while the soundscape is generated parametrically.
The audience is called to step into a mechanical world that feels poetic and has the aesthetic of a dream. The project wants to interrogate new possibilities of entertainment and challenge the role of AI as a new factor in determining society’s future power structure.
Is AI smart enough to create compelling stories? Do we still find interesting visuals in a VR setting that are created by algorithms?
Will automatically generated content have a political weight? Can we forecast the strategies that organizations will use to control AI?
These are the open questions that the project explores and hopefully they will be answered, implicitly or not, by the voyagers of the surreal world of Conversations with Alice.
We live in a world now where we are glued to our devices - digital media has engulfed and integrated into our everyday lives seamlessly. And with new technology, we also see an emergence of different social behaviours in physical spaces – in our homes, restaurants, museums, bathrooms – everywhere. For decades, architecture and digital design have always been separate, with architecture taking precedent. But as these two worlds begin to merge more and more, we can actually take some lessons from digital and service-based practices to create immersive physical spaces to evolve with our digital lives.
Pipas Conectadas merges art and technology to transform the kite fighting of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas into a digital-physical platform that seeks to create new pathways for connection and communication across economic boundaries. What are today’s opportunities for designers to intersect with culture and have a positive social impact? How can technology platforms support inclusion and connection? How can we foster a more interesting world where everyone can play the game? This talk will share the process of designing, developing, and executing Pipas Conectadas in the favelas of Rio and explore how designers can intersect with cultures across the globe, support inclusion, and ultimately have a positive social impact with their work.