Why Of All Things

an A.I. Oracle
Fri. 26.6.2020 17.00 to 17.30 Uhr
by Sarah Franzl, Denise Schindele — DESIGN INVESTIGATIONS
Industrial Design 2

“Why Of All Things” is a service that aims to assist with answering complex questions based on divination techniques and methods of Artificial Intelligence research.

Contrary to popular belief, both divination and A.I. can be viewed as Information technology, helping externalize thoughts and approaching complex topics from new angles. Several traditions of fortune telling do not presume a fixed state of the universe, instead a set of symbolic objects is used to map out a question within its context with the goal of finding new patterns in the resulting network.

Rather than asking them to predict the future, methods of A.I. can be used to broaden the human conception of a possibility space with their unique sensibilities, breaking limiting thought patterns with their decidedly non-human input. At the same time, any system of artificial Intelligence is limited to the data it is given and might run the risk of reproducing past futures.