This session is part of Techfestival: a 3-day festival in Copenhagen with 200+ events on humans and technology.
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Preparing for Probable Human Futures with AI Through Speculative Design
When aiming to solve problems through desirable solutions, the tech industry often also elicit many unintended consequences, as philosopher Paul Virillio states “when you invent the ship, you also invent the shipwreck”. With the vastly accelerated innovation and conceptualization of AI, we are entering a probable future in which it is hard to even foresee the inevitable shipwrecks.
The lifejacket was one of the design materializations of the shipwreck. But what is the lifejacket in the age of AI and machine learning? If we speculate, what do the unintended consequences of AI look like at a concrete and material level? How do the unintended consequences and ethical questions materialize into the form of future products and services?
Through the lens and method of speculative design – a practical, aesthetic and philosophical design method, we are going to discuss and probe what the probable and prefered futures might look like? And how might the future even become desirable at concrete level?
Having asked these questions, students within design and architects from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation will show speculative design solutions, design fictions or prototypes. We will invite participants to engage in critique and discussions, as well as making their own design speculations.
Martin Sønderlev Christensen (DK)
Ph.D., Head of Institute for Visual Design KADK – The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Rasmus Spangaard Troelsen (DK)
Associate teaching professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Nikolaj Knop (DK)
Head of Program Graphic communication design, Associate teaching professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation
Along with MA Students from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture and Design