I|O - Information Oracle

oracle shots
ppl using oracle
The Creators
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2014 MFADT Thesis Symposium - click below to play
Map of the User Interaction
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Preliminary Interaction Mockup
oracle mockup

Concept

What began as an inquiry into the questionable operations of government surveillance and our data-driven market economy, became an exploration with our relationship to the whole digital information apparatus. The widespread adoption of digital computers and networks have made information a 'limitless' source of economic, political and personal opportunity to the extent that we have fervently followed its promise of great return. The Information Oracle exists in this new mythology - a being with a programmed intelligence, who interprets the binary mysteries of the data mythos and lauds the likes of Claude Shannon, Alan Turing, Ada Lovelace, Charles Babbage and others; the creators of computation, programming and 'Information Theory'. The 21st century has now been consecrated to this digital will and it is in this landscape that it breeds a new mediator.

Methods

Developing the user interaction involved research into the user scenarios of divination systems. Large swaths not only base their dispensations on their own internal logic, but also implement a wide variety of social engineering methods to gain an immediate insight into the user. Constructing a program with some intelligence was therefore necessary. The Information Oracle performs a simple decomposition / reassembly / ranking algorithm that enables the creation of a personality and a way to respond to the user. As shown in the interaction map below, the binary input of a user's personal information is linked to keywords found in the oracle-user conversation. From those matches, an official oracular response is determined.

Project Info

  • Materials: UX, JavaScript, Installation Components
  • Exhibited at the MFADT 2014 Thesis Exhibition.
  • Part of the thesis project: Datumz & Deities.
  • Thesis advisors: Colleen Macklin, Barbara Morris