Lauren McCarthy is an artist based in Los Angeles who is “examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living.” She is also experienced in programming and made a language called p5.js. It has over 1.5 million users and is used for learning creative expression through code online. Her technology-based creations are delving into the future and the role of humans in an AI-driven world . Facial recognition and human interaction with technology are the driving forces behind most of her work and has changed the way we communicate.
She is currently an assistant Professor at UCLA Design Media Arts.
For most social media sites, your account has either “friends” or “followers.” McCarthy created an application called Follower, a service that provides a real life follower for day.
Once downloading the application, the user won’t know when their follower will begin following them. McCarthy says, “The following lasts one day. At the end, you are left with one photo of you, taken by your Follower. The Follower stays just out of sight, but within your consciousness.”
The main questions that this project aims to answer is, “What is the relationship between attention and surveillance? Is that desire really fulfilled by watching your follower count tick upward? Could a real life follower provide something more meaningful or satisfying?”
We have this intense desire to be seen, to feel connected, and will even pay money for “followers” on our social media profiles.
pplkpr is an app that tracks, analyzes, and auto-manages the user’s relationships. It monitors your physical and emotional response, using a smartwatch, to the people around you, and optimizes your social life accordingly.
I’m not sure if this form of communication would completely benefit how humans have conversations. I feel as though it would not allow us to feel the emotions we want or need to express at the particular time of the conversation. Humans would be brainwashed, to an extent, to keep the conversation at a very specific tone.
SOMEONE is essentially the human version of Amazon’s Alexa. So instead of having an AI device answer questions or follow basic commands, real people will do the same things after the home occupant calls out for “SOMEONE.”
This reminds me of how there is actually a series of commercials where this similar concept was broadcasted. Celebrities became the human version of Alexa. To watch it, just for fun, click here!
Thanks for reading my final artist blog for the school semester!
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