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As an interdisciplinary design student, I am always interested in how does technological evolution adjust the landscape of our modern life, and intend to envision the influence. I was looking for the burning issue about big data and social network before, till I read the book “Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World” by Christopher Steiner, as the title, the book tells the story of how algorithms took over and shows why the bot revolution is about to spill into every aspect of our lives, often silently. The chapter talks about invisible algorithms in the pop music industry inspired me, there are so… More

Ambiguity of AI-human collaboration to author pop music

What’s also unclear is the question of authorship. This is especially true for the creative works based on machine learning. Since the input data allows AI to learn from is made by someone else, if the outcome is applied for commercial use, should it not infringe the copyright of the owners of those provided data? Obviously, the owners can’t sue software, people who use a tool that caused infringement on others works would be accused. Could someone with a significant influence on the sound of modern music—for instance, the Beatles—argue that their copyrights are infringed by software designed to deconstruct, analyze, and iterate on their… More

Can AI assist in making music creatively?

We’ve been intrigued for a while about the intersection between artificial intelligence and creativity. Are we available to automate, or intelligently do the creative works by pressing a button? Actually, the button already exists (Dredge, 2017). On Jukedeck’s website, a personalized song can be created simply by inputting what genre, mood, tempo, instruments and track length you want. Jukedeck’s system will sell a royalty-free licence of the tailored track to an individual or small business for $0.99 or $21.99 to a larger company. The input of the users can be expressed in other forms, like AI Duet, the music service launched by Google, getting people to play some… More

The secret recipe of hit songs

Hit Song Science(HSS) is an emerging field that aims at predicting the commercial success of songs before they are released on the market. The term is coined by Mike McCready, an American entrepreneur in the music industry. He founded the Barcelona-based music analysis company Polyphonic HMI formerly,  pioneering the use of an artificial intelligence tool to create significant value for music businesses. In 2003, the exploit of Hit Song Science was unveiled by Polyphonic HMI, they correctly predicted the success of Norah Jones’ debut album Come Away with Me months before it topped the charts, through the software that predicting the hit potential of music based on mathematical analysis of… More

From Automation to Creation

The fears of the likelihood that technologies probably take human’s jobs and spark off mass unemployment are not a new idea (Anslow, 2016), it can be traced to the 18th century, which grew over the impact of machinery on jobs, especially in Great Britain as the pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. While automation technologies, which was defined as a process or procedure that performing without human assistance, can improve the speed, quality, and cost of available goods and services, they may also replace large-scale human labours (Mikell, 2003). The same fear has been persistent, the phenomenon was popularised as the term “technological unemployment” by the economist John Maynard… More


Under the influence of automation and artificial intelligence(AI), it would be the tendency that more and more human routine jobs replaced by the machine. In the past, we always regarded the creative and innovative job as something irreplaceable since it highly related to inspiration, emotion and originality from the human spirit. Now with the acceleration of technological revolution, the machine is getting advanced in the creative process, and it is the timing to rethink the critical role AI play in the creative process, while it provides the counselling service, and even generated their own piece of work. In this project, I attempt to research the… More

FMP Proposal Update

Chapter outlines and bibliography Introduction (starting point, inspiration, study field) Relationship Prediction (contextual research) 2.1 Dataclysm: what our online lives tell us about our offline selves 2.2 Affective Forecasting: the possibility of emotion prediction 2.3 Love Lab: what makes love last Disillusion Forecasting (my opinion) 3.1 Expectations in Relationship 3.2 Facing Imperfection 3.3 Imperfect perfection? Conclusion Research question If we have more understanding of human nature, will the human emotions be more predictable? Will predictions of future emotions assist us with better determination? Once the result of predictions do not satisfy our anticipations, how do we face… More

Now here is Nowhere

How should the speculative design work looks like, and is the work result supposed to be functional? I was confused for a long period and being hesitate to the format of this work. Finally, I realised that the function of speculative design itself is not the technical feature, while an arguable conception is conveyed and comes up with the reflection from the audience, it a functional speculative work. In the way of film, which is a commercial trail of amusing attraction, my intention behind is that the seedy past might be recreated ironically in the ideal future someday,… More

Welcome to the deamland

To visualise my idea of diorama: the satire existence between real/nature/past history and fake/artificial/future scene, I ever considered the following materials to produce the prototype: paper model lego miniature digital scene (build in C4D) project with the tangible model But all of these seems not fit to my conception. The diorama should not be a miniature or virtual one, it should be the duplicated reality from the original version, somewhere seems like the old one, but actually not. I was really stuck for a long time but then inspired by the diorama of Kowloon Walled City recreation finally. The format I selected to expressing the diorama is an… More

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3nd Prototype: the space for temporary escaping

To revise the photo sticker booth prototype, I came up with a new idea to make the audience experience escape(which was inspired by the moment I downloaded the game Dragon Quest 3 on my mobile and attempted to escape from the never-ending prototype irritation a while). In my imaginary scenario, there is a locker for storing the pressure temporarily, then I can leave it outside and enter a dreamy space for escaping what I don’t wanna face with now. But in the end, I still need to back to the reality and the locker would return the stored pressure to me. To… More

The references of “making kawaii space”

To achieve an idea of “making kawaii space”, I visited some places to collect the references and get the inspiration from them. The UK fashion brand “Irregular Choice” specialises in unique footwear, bags and accessories. The initial idea of its brightly coloured and unusual designs was created in response to “boring” and “very black and brown” British High Street fashions in the late 1990s. Nowadays, the design was presented by popular Disney cartoon characters and pattern with kawaii elements. The interior design of its store is remarkable to create the fancy, dreamy aura for their clients. From furry teddy bear… More

Developing the idea for speculative work

Before starting to design for the speculative work, I should ask myself, what my interpretation of speculative design? Of course, Dunne and Raby already listed Critical Design FAQ to introduce its principles. Here, I attempt to make a note for my understanding and highlight. “A good science fiction story should be able to predict not the automobile but the traffic jam.” American Sci-fi novelist Frederik Pohl stated. For the world which the automobile is invented already, what we need to consider is not merely the design of appearance and features but all the systems. How the automobile affects all the system?… More

Disillusion forecast: can big data prediction help us to face the imperfect reality?

Field of Study In the age of big data, wearable devices, medical records and browsing history are stored and analysed in every moment, data scientists attempt to predict our health conditions, personal preference, shopping behaviour and even emotion. The deluge of data not only for more business opportunities, this information helps us explore human experience and behaviour out of unconscious(C. Rudder, 2014). If we have more understanding of human nature, will the human emotions be more predictable? With big data, it might be the best opportunity to think of affective forecasting (Wilson, T., & Gilbert, D. 2003), will predictions of future emotions assist… More


Research Problem: Digital Data After We Die Execution Duration: 6 months Field of Study: The specific area you will research, the discipline your project exists within.  [2 weeks] – Find the themes/burning issues and related specific area, describe why they are important. – Develop the mind map of the themes/burning issues, connect to the wider context. Literature Review(Contextual Research): For context currently out there [4 weeks] – Summarise the current knowledge of research in this defined area. – Compare, contrast and relate different theories and practices. – Historical context(before) and contemporary context(now). – Explain your intention, what you… More

2nd Prototype: step into photo sticker booth

To build a device/space expressing the idea behind “Your Heart is an Empty Room”, I listed the following questions: What is the more significant interaction for the audience to trigger the device/space? (more reasonable than just touching the object) Compared with jelly, is there any better choice of medium to be my interface? What else consequence after interaction besides the projection to convey the emotion? (sound?) For the more reasonable scenario, I selected to change my prototype to be a photo sticker booth(プリクラ, purikura). The interior space of the booth would be a narrow personal area allowing people to decorate their photo stickers with any kawaii… More

Your Heart is an Empty Room – project synopsis

(This paragraph is the synopsis for Ars Electronica, and also for clarifying my core ideas.)   Kawaii is an adjective meaning cute in the Japanese culture context, which is usually represented by visual hallmarks as pastel colours, round shapes, and cartoon baby animals, even if being linked to the eccentric or the child sometimes. When the kawaii culture lovers, no matter they express in dressing in Lolita and Harajuku style costumes or purchasing daily commodities with kawaii characters patterns, are asked the meaning of kawaii, what attracts them is the therapeutic effect for its warm, cheering qualities and the spirit of self-expression. On the… More

1st Prototype: the fantasy of jelly

For my first prototype, I selected jelly as the medium to explore its possibility. With the following characteristics of jelly: The distinctive sense of touch and smooth texture which brings therapeutic feeling. The translucent material which is able to project light. Plasticity to shape as any cute shapes or character statuette. It is edible. Eating might be a possible way to interact with the audience. It worth to explore that how to extend the jelly idea to more haptic design. I attempted to express the contradictive mental state that self-therapy and escape exist on both sides. I… More

Isolation in psychology

Social Isolation For Introverts, enjoy spending lots of time alone might be a relief, and social interaction makes them feel drained, whereas extroverts prefer the company of others and are recharged through social interaction. But is it always good to stay in solitude? Social isolation—the absence of social relationships—is typically considered unhealthy when people spend excessive time alone, particularly when they no longer benefit from it. Socially isolating can mean staying home for days, not chatting with friends or acquaintances, and generally avoiding contact with other people. Social isolation may be indicated when a person’s avoidance of social interaction:… More

Social photosynthesis

“People were attracted to cute design for its warm, cheering qualities… These type of products could disguise and compensate for the very alienation of individuals from other people”. ⸺ Sharon Kinsella, Cuties in Japan, 1995 A: What kawaii means to you? Q: To us, kawaii means creativity, self-expression, positivity. Kawaii is something bright, sweet and lightens up your day… some of our readers said kawaii means cuteness and fun, but there were also a few readers who said that they see it more as an escape, a happy place away from the harshness of the world. More