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Stories of Driverless Governance: Equality Analytics

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Created by Corey Chao, Winnie Chang and Melika Leili Alipour at the Parsons, the New School for Design (Transdisciplinary Design), Stories of Driverless Governance: Equality Analytics is speculative design project exploring the world governed by algorithms leading the society towards equality.

“In an age of scarcity, the American Dream no longer chases boundless materialism, but instead the promise of absolute equality. To accommodate this shift, the Nevada Bureau of Predictive Management creates Glenda: a benevolent algorithm that harnesses predictive analytics to distribute resources in relation to people’s likely energy use. Constituents opt into this emergent form of driverless governance, delighting in state-of-the-art entertainment interfaces that dispense their basic needs. While the algorithm optimizes energy equality, citizens begin to envision the unmeasurable complexities of human life.”

The project sets a scenario in the age of scarcity where the American Dream no longer is bound by materialism rather absolute equality. To accommodate this shift, “the Nevada Bureau of Predictive Management has created Glenda” – an algorithm that harnesses predictive analytics to distribute resources in relation to people’s likely energy use. Participants opt into this driverless governance, delighting in state-of-the-art entertainment interfaces that dispense their basic needs, while the algorithm optimizes energy equality, citizens begin to envision the unmeasurable complexities of human life. See video below for more.

By Corey Chao, Winnie Chang and Melika Alipour Leili
Project advisors: Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby

Project PageTransdisciplinary Design MFA at Parsons

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