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Being DigitalArtificial Intelligence

Digital technology can be used to create human wellbeing and undermine social development at the same time. Experts predicted that if artificial intelligence is not intervened and guided, it would eventually develop into an existence that threatens humanity in various ways. Therefore, established in the 2017 Asilomar conference, AI principles were developed for related workers to follow to help empower human beings in the decades and centuries ahead. ‘The goal of AI research should be to create not undirected intelligence, but beneficial intelligence.’ However, the influence of the digital world on people's lives is often subtle and non perceptible. From the way we communicate to the way we consume information, digital technology has become deeply integrated into our daily routines, shaping our behaviour, affecting moods and altering our expectations of the world around us. Ordinary people, especially non computer workers are powerless to resist such influences and rarely notice the extent to which they are influenced by digital beings.

Yijing Chen
Mahenau Rafiq
Meng Zhang
Using scenario
Using scenaio

Design Intervention

This project gives digital devices personalities and utilises a physical product as a medium to enable digital existence to express emotions and opinions in a physical form. People give feedback to the digital device through hand interactions and intervene in the personality and judgement of the device through continuous training. Finally cultivate it to form an action mode that is beneficial to the individual user.


Design Intention

Giving personalities to digital devices is not just for the sake of fun interactions. Through this intervention of visualising digital existence, we hope to emphasise the degree of intervention that digital existence has on people's lives, which can sometimes be no less than that of a family member. Meanwhile, through encouraging or punishing similar to a family tutor, people can have a more tangible sense of control over their digital devices and guide them to help humans become better to some extent. In this process, people gradually value and get used to taming digital existence, cultivate awareness of training digital technology into a human-centred tool, and prepare for the day when artificial intelligence develops to almost have its own running consciousness, while avoiding being 'controlled' by digital and AI in a subtle way.

Prototyping process