Language used: Processing
Exploration into Virtual Personalities
“By 2010 computers will disappear. They’ll be so small, they’ll be embedded in our clothing, in our environment. Images will be written directly to our retina, providing full-immersion virtual reality, augmented real reality. We’ll be interacting with virtual personalities.”
Kurzweil predicts that silicon-based life forms with the thinking capacity of humans should start arriving on the scene around 2029. Moore’s Law states that the density of transistors on a silicon chip doubles every two years. Fascinating as it is, it's giving us the hints of robotic future that awaits for us. With the rising breed of sociable robots and virtual personalities starting with Tamagotchis and Furbies, we have been building emotional attachments with machines and virtual personalities that embody emotions and observable personality traits.
Appraisal and admiration, one of the basic human-human dialogue is transformed into a human-machine language. Adding personality and emotion in machine to address a more personalized human machine interaction for the future.
Admirotron is an exploration into the symbiotic relationship between machines and human. It's a browser extension that is programmed for admiration for the ones that enjoy appraisal and a little bit of narcissism. It is an automated and disruptive piece of "virtual personality" that secretly admires you and pokes you throughout the day. It stores your digital traces, collecting images and text from the sites you visit and creates textual and graphical output that represent its admiration for you.
Generative Art Piece on Digital Identity
The concept of identity has changed with the World Wide Web. A different form of self awareness have emerged through our online identity crisis. We are getting very conscious by the reality that other people are googling us, discovering our "second self". As we have access to smart devices anytime anywhere, we broadcast our identity constantly and contribute this digital epidemic.
Fifty million times a day, people use google to search for other people. With the emerging commodification of our digital selves, there is a market that offers us to track the traffic that googles us, that follows us or likes us and improve our search results. Software like Ziggs, Naymz, etc is there for us to feed our hunger thriving for a bigger audience that googles us.
SecondSelf is a desktop application that communicates with you through generating visuals that represent the traffic that googles you. It's a generative art piece that reminds your second self being examined under the digital microscope. It generates organic forms in which the size of each particle is dependent upon the bandwidth.
Tangible Representation of Our Data Consumption
"The problem isn't how to make the world more technological. It's about how to make the world more humane again."
Internet and the digital age has made things easier while complicating our lives. The way we access data has changed. The tangible data in the form of books, photographs or magazines has transformed to bytes and pixels of data. Greater access to data comes with challenges. The way we value information and ease of access has minimized our selective behavior and made us all data junkies. It's not like you are going to a library to look for WW2 books and picking the right material carefully because you can carry only a certain amount of material. Instead we download tons of data without taking a look and pumping up our unlimited drives with junk.
Are we the ones controlling the level of power around Internet and data? Or we are so amused by the fact that minimal skills are required to access data and we end up turning our lives into a digital dumpster?
As a critic for forces at play, DumpIt is a software and a companion tangible interface that visualizes the amount of data we download. It generates block of patterns on your desktop in which each block embodies a correspond to our "download" action. As our "Downloads" folder grows, the patterns on your desktop take over. As an attempt for a tangible representation of our data, the companion tower simply acts as a physical block that rises while changing LED colors as a way to visualize our data and to emphasize how much we are contributing to our digital dumpster.