that puts your privacy first.
Research – Concept
As designers, we are devoted to our craft, always striving to create something of perfection, impeccable, flawless. That being said, everything ever designed have traces of our humanity on them, and we ourselves are not without flaws, and are far from perfect. This thinking led me to question:
What if we design an AI that is characteristically flawed?
What if that very flaw can be used for good?
How will it change our expectations of current and future AI?
Problem Space Synthesis
I started noticing since the day I began work for a client whose specializes in hair growth products, I would get more specific and targeted ads from them, their competitors, and a bunch of also-rans. These ads followed me around the web and embedded themselves deep into my social media feeds.
Guess what the problem is.
I don’t have male pattern baldness. Well, at least not yet.
Curious, I asked friends and family if they’ve experienced similar issues.
I was looking on the Hermes website for a handbag but did not finish checkout. Came back to my Facebook feed and - voilà - ads plastered everywhere for Hermes handbags.
— Ana M.
In a way, targeted ads feel creepier than just normal ads. It made me self-conscious about what I'm looking at online, knowing that someone, or something, is always watching.
— Daniel H.
My son gave us an Alexa as a gift. We kept her in the kitchen because we might want to use it to order things but we didn’t want her to listen in on everything. It’s kinda ironic, right?
— Cheryl D.
Smart devices & Privacy
Privacy is becoming more and more of a pressing matter when it comes to smart devices, users expect certain levels of discretion that is not yet found in existing products on the market.
I sat down with Michelle, a brilliant attorney and tech enthusiast, whom I'd known from a Intellectual Property Law course. We discussed how people value their privacy today, and for the futures to come.
Attorney & Advisor | Botanic.io
When it comes to digital assistants, trust comes before proficiency.
When the return is favorable enough, people are willing to delegate their privacy.
Institutions should be put in place to manage expectations of privacy.
AI that is highly sentient, anticipatory, predictive, a true know-it-all
AI that would simply, forget.
Your ultimate personal confidant.
An AI that lives atop your smart home devices and on your phone, Dory springs into action when you say the keywords ‘Hey Dory’ or perform a set gesture on your phone (such as a wink)
For the curious.
What are the President's nicknames?
Cheeto Benito. 😜
For the discreet.
Remove all searches for “stress-induced weight gain.”
Searches removed. ✨
For pleasant surprises.
Find me a getaway place for the weekend.
How many are coming?
Just me & the missus.
Here's what I found.
2-Night Yurt Glamping
Big Sur, CA
Can you book & keep it a secret?
Got it. 🛎️
Be sure to pack your bags on Friday.
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
— Jim Morrison
I designed Dory with only one thing in mind — you. Because I believe in our differences as much as I believe in the things we share, our similarities. Because only in differences would we find conflicts and the opportunity for reconciliation, for mutual growth. And because when I make sure that you are not being persecuted by others for your differences, I know in my heart that it is ok for me to be different, too.