For the third iteration of my flow chart, I took a more birds-eye view look at the system as a whole. I realized, from the conclusions made in my paper, that the two main outputs of the machine are the problem, and the knowledge required to approach the problem. The system right now lacks in specificity, something to work towards for future iterations.
I believe we are headed towards an era of sameness – an era in which innovation by the human species alone is impossible because all humanly perceivable problems are solved. While, to some, the elimination of problems may seem to be a great success, I find it to be the most pressing dilemma of mankind. Entrepreneurship, the design of new stuff as a result of our innate empathy towards others, is what makes us human. To strip innovation and ingenuity out of the human equation is to strip the very thing that makes us unique as a species.
Matthew Manos is an MFA Candidate in Media Design at the Art Center College of Design. This is his thesis blog.