As researchers, engineers, students, consumers and users we do not always step back to consider the wider implications of our drive to progress, enhance, re-engineer and advance. The creation of Black Box has brought together researchers, members of the public, artists and industry to consider just this.
What are the intended and unintended impacts that new Artificial Intelligence technologies are having on our every-day lives and how should their permeation throughout society and lessons already learned inform the design of future products, technologies and systems?
In the world of Black Box, each of the five characters you’ll meet is unified by one unstoppable force.
In a not-too-distant future, the company Kintex has rapidly become one of the biggest players in an increasingly tech-dominated world. The company plays a gargantuan role in the growth and development of technology driven by artificial intelligence, or as it is more commonly known, AI.
They provide everything from home assistants to social media, health services to police aids, robots big and small. You name it, Kintex’ll make it.
But what does such pervasiveness of AI mean for people’s everyday lives and the way they interact with the world around them? Shakespeare’s Hamlet suggests, ‘there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.’ Black Box explores this, and the ways in which the ever-growing presence of new technologies dependent on artificial intelligence is undoubtedly reshaping our existence.
The Black Box series of monologues was written by Farah Najib and produced by Theatre of Debate for the Institute of Communications and Connected Systems at UCL and UCL Culture's Performance Lab.
The Monologues were informed by a generator workshop attended by members of industry, public, and researchers from across the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences in the summer of 2019.
The Monologue generation was supported and funded by UCL Culture’s Performance Lab, the production was supported and funded by the UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering and the UCL Institute of Communications and Connected Systems. We would like to thank everyone who participated for their contribution.