Living with a black box

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Living with a black box

The assumed omniscience and power of AI-powered smart home devices propels both techno-utopian and techno-critical narratives. This experiment encourages participants to recognize, amplify and subvert the types of claims explicitly and implicitly made by the makers of these devices. For one week, participants live with an extremely powerful, albeit fictional, piece of extracivist smart home technology: an immaterial smart speaker that claims to hear health abnormalities. In an auto-ethnographic manner, participants record and reflect on their daily interactions with this fictional piece of technology. After the week, participants gather together to share material and discuss their experiences.

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