What if AI could solve mental load? And who’s in charge of cleaning up the internet?
Neugefragt is a speculative design project that extrapolates emerging technologies into (im)possible futures. Different societal consequences are humorously explored by means of comics, texts, audio stories and lecture performances.
Part of the Artist in Lab program by Fraunhofer-Netzwerk Wissenschaft, Kunst & Design and initiated by Gesellschaft für Informatik and Fraunhofer ISI
All creative outputs were presented at Fraunhofer-Institute in Berlin and during the Festival of the Future at Deutsches Museum in Munich
1 science year
Neugefragt developed under the wings of the German Science Year 2022 titled Nachgefragt! (eng.: Inquired!)
What if all the data in the world were openly available to us? What if we interacted with machines the way we interacted with real people? Current research in computer science raises many questions and equally many hopes and fears. The project Neugefragt (eng.: Asked in a new way) reimagined questions collected from the general public into different speculative futures.
Prior to the start of Neugefragt, citizens were invited to ask any questions they had regarding computer science – providing the inspirational playground for the project.
Different future characters, behaviours, places and institutions were invented based on the creative extrapolation of emerging technologies.
Initial drafts were presented to an expert committee of Gesellschaft für Informatik and Fraunhofer ISI asking for feedback on plausibility.
In the final phase, the expert feedback was implemented in the final creation of the media outputs, amounting to written stories, comics, audio stories and a lecture performance.
A total of two written stories, four comics, six audio stories and a live lecture performance.
Fostering lively discussions on needs, desires and worries connected to emerging technologies.
Provoking alternative and critical views of how technologies might shape society.
Tools & Methods
An experimental, creative and critical approach to the question What if...? that helps discover alternative futures.
A method that uses different ideation prompts to imagine one or more alternative future worlds.
A creative method to communicate imagined futures in an accessible and engaging way.