Speculative Machines Exploring Contemporary Data Futures

Gareth McMurchy (Lead / Corresponding author), Nick Taylor, Martin Skelly

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    This pictorial describes two projects that present alternative perspectives on the use – and misuse - of data in contemporary society. The first project, Do Not Fold, Spindle, Or Mutilate, takes a critical stance on the data that is collected while browsing the web through third-party tracking cookies. The second project, Terminal, speculates on a possible future in which data storage drives with vast capacities are readily available, reducing the reliance on cloud storage. By presenting these two viewpoints that challenge our preconceptions of data as a material in design process, it is hoped that designers can be inspired to create additional speculative interpretations on near-future data objects.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2023
    EventACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Congress Center Hamburg (CCH), Hamburg , Germany
    Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


    ConferenceACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
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