Ethical Things – The mundane, the insignificant and the ‘smart’ (things)

Created by Simone Rebaudengo & Matthieu Cherubini, Ethical Things is a project that explores the effects of autonomous systems of the future, speculating on how complex algorithms may not only be concerned with decisions we can't solve but what happens to the mundane and insignificant objects that occupy everyday lives and what their future might be.

If a "smart" coffee machine knows about its user's heart problems, should it accept giving him a coffee when he requests one? Even with such a banal situation, the level of complexity of such 'smart' products cannot accommodate all parties. The system will be designed to take into account certain inputs, to process a 'certain' type of information under a 'certain' kind of logic.

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