(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 11 2015
Designer's statement: The Amara reimagines the scope of relationships between humanity and its technological creations. What are the implications of wearing nonhuman technology on your body? This question relates to the urgency of biological crisis. As humans, we are inextricably linked to the destruction of our environment and the danger of annihilating our own species. With developments like artificial intelligence, the uncanny valley, and deep machine learning, we face moral dilemmas so cataclysmic that traditional design practices can offer us little in the way of preparation. This project explores design through the lens of dark optimism and object oriented ontology. Within the context of the human body and technologies that augment its function, the Amara presents a new paradigm of human / non-human interaction. One that strengthens my notion that accepting that our world exists for purposes beyond human pursuits is vital to our own survival.
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