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Yujie Jiang (designer)
Jessica Irish (thesis advisor)
Danielle A. Jackson (thesis advisor)


May 21 2019


A “Smart” Discussion is an animated video piece that aims to explore the increasingly social and cultural roles of SMART home technology in private spaces, and users’ agency within and dependence on such technology. This piece uses four fictional animated stories to depict a human life in future smart spaces focusing on issues of mis-expectation, the sophistication of identification, privacy and surveillance, and conflict behavior controls. This project is built based upon an observation of the increasing usage and closer relationship between human beings and the smart home environment. It is also built based on an assumption of an inevitable cohabitant relationship between human and smart spaces, which impacts on human lifestyles and even on how we might be human in the future. Through this piece, I want to foster public dialogue about “what is smart?” and the emerging ethical and social implications of SMART home technology through art and design.



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