Project 2 Pivot: illogical computers

In order to generate more ideas for a video, I brainstormed a bunch of “What if…?” statements and wrote them down on post-its. I then answered my own questions, and looked over the results to see what had the most potential to make a compelling scenario. My favorite result was a series of thoughts that stemmed from the question: “What if computers became illogical?”

What if computers became illogical?

The idea is that computers begin to form their own opinions of information, and therefore provide information to people in an emotional (rather than logical) way. From this chain of thoughts, I’ve outlined the following scenario for a design fiction video:

1. Person is making plans over the phone to go to the movies with a friend. S/he hangs up, goes to computer, and begins researching showtimes.

2. Person googles showtimes of a really bad mainstream movie.

3. The computer shows times for a more obscure independent film, and the person becomes very angry.

4. Person has had enough. Goes to a friend to use their computer to do research on computers with more compatible personalities.

5. Person becomes overwhelmed by all the options out there and decides to join a matchmaking site where compatibility between person and computer is assessed.

6. The best match computer is currently being tested by another candidate, and there are 4 people on the waitlist. S/he puts name on the waitlist and hopes to hear back soon.

7. Person finally receives an e-mail indicating that their best match computer is ready to be taken out.

8. Person gets dolled up for the occasion–brushes hair, dresses nicely.

9. Person comes home and excitedly unwraps computer.

10. Person begins performing searches and is ecstatic over the compatibility with this new computer.

11. Movie ends with person calling up a friend and gushing that s/he thinks s/he has found “the one.”

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2 thoughts on “Project 2 Pivot: illogical computers

  1. Never saw the movie. Though it’s on my queue in Netflix, so maybe it’s about time!. The computer in my scenario is not humanoid, though people treat it as they would a significant other. The computer (or maybe browser) simply starts to develop opinions on the information it presents (presumably based on some analysis of data).

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