Five Machines

Current narratives around artificially intelligent machines are strongly anthropocentric and permeated by the notion of dominance. On one hand, machines are viewed as tools to perform human actions. On the other hand, echoing science fiction movies and other products of popular culture, machines are regarded as potentially dangerous, overriding human capabilities.

Given the advance of emerging technologies such as machine learning and the evolving relationship between humans and machines, Five Machines explores alternative narratives of the existence of machines in our life. Through machine ethnography study and experiments, Five Machines presents five prototypes – each has different intents, attitudes and provocations – as a means to propose design principles for establishing new mode of human-machine co-evolution and new model of human-machine interaction.