Outcome Ideation

Final Major Project / 07

September 30, 2021

Luchen Peng, Tiana Robison, Jinsong (Sylvester) Liu



The second round of workshops got us some amazing and discursive ideas. I want to thank all seven participants who joined and provided great discussions. Another insight comes from the artefact analysis. We reckon it helps evaluate whether critical artefacts meet the standard and serve as a step-by-step guide in instructing the making. Therefore, we plan to enhance the workshop with artefact analysis and apply this method to iterate some of the ideas. This post will present three detailed ideas that we tried to refine as project outcomes.


‌The slapping machine (Sylvester)


This idea was co-designed by Hassan and me. The punishing behaviour immediately struck us for its criticality. I started to research the design of punishing tools and was fascinated by their association with religions and rich imaginations. For example, self-flagellation is a devotional practice of flogging oneself with whips or other instruments, and often reveal spiritual self-salvation. Humans invented many tools to cause pain to themselves. A belief that one should expiate and pray almost act as a metaphor in algorithm dominant world. We are changing ourselves to adapt to CV scanning, massive surveillance, and even our way to consume.

I tried to illustrate an electric shock version, but we all agree that the slapping mechanism is so straightforward and absurd that it can have more humour and reflection. So I drew a second sketch to enhance the movement and attempted to include a bar code scanner. I hope to bring this object alive and have people test it in their daily lives: fashion stores, supermarkets or grocery stores.

Who would use it?
Those who needs increase their credit score, and get loan or mortgage

When to use it?
Every time you need to buy something, and you worry that this payment might affect your credit score.

Where?
Fashion stores, restaurant, supermarket, coffee shop, anywhere that you can pay!

Who owns this object? Who is it for?
This can be a rental item. Credit Agency owns them and provide to their customers.
Does it use any data? How?
It uses two types of data.
  1. A payment database of high credit score profiles (social class bias!)
  2. User's real-time payment

It would compare your current payment to the "upper class profile", and if the products you want to buy is not increasing the score, it would slap you.


Does it mitigate, enhance or tackle any kind of bias?
It enhance the social class bias in Financial credit score. By introducing this grotesque, absurd design, I hope to visualize the unfair treatment that we are facing. This is not the future that we want.



A game for AI interview applicants (Luchen)


Luchen’s idea originated from Siqi’s dynamic background. With the notion of training people to hack the algorithm, she designed a game with an intense atmosphere like Temple Run. In the desired experience, gamers need to adjust their posture, facial expression and other elements according to the requirements of AI. The overall design could become a room-sized installation for multiple players.


Who would use it?
Those who needs increase their AI interview's score

When to use it?
Using this game to train your expression for one month before your AI interview

Where?
Home

Who owns this object? Who is it for?

personal object for sutents who gonna find a job.

Does it use any data? How?
It uses two types of data.
  1. training data: western white man's facial expression
  2. collection data: user's facial expression

It would compare your current payment to the "upper class profile", and if the products you want to buy is not increasing the score, it would slap you.

Does it mitigate, enhance or tackle any kind of bias?
It enhances the social gender and race bias in workplace. By introducing this absurd design, I hope to let people realize the unfair treatment by having them redress their cultural reaction in game to get higher score. This is not the future that we want, but now it is happening.


Filter helmet (Tiana)


Tiana’s idea comes from the collaboration with Jasper. In the original concept, Jasper tried to tackle the skin cancer scanner that might misdiagnose marginalised people due to a lack of health data. This filter helmet translates the full-body scanning to facial recognition. It helps the wearer by generating serval versions of themselves to provide an equal chance in society.

Who would use it?
Those who are trying to overcome bias caused by their visible outer appearance (racial, gender)

When to use it?
You would use this in situations where algorithms makes a decision based on your appearance, for example a job interview with an algorithm or an algorithm calculating your reconviction score (mugshot.)

Where?
(depend on which situation)



Who owns this object? Who is it for?
People who have are underrepresented in specific data sets and fear they are being oppressed because of this.

Does it use any data? How?
Maybe this object hacks databases on what the ideal candidate is for the algorithm you are using. Looking at this, it changes your face and identity to what that candidate is.

Does it mitigate, enhance or tackle any kind of bias?
The object tries to make a statement on whether we may need something like this one day. It tries to give a way around discriminative algorithms for marginalised groups.