I have decided to continue pursuing the algorithm, as my final project. To actually build this thing, make it work, and then create a series of interventions (residing on both the fictional and non-fictional spectrums of the interests), in order to play out the idea of a human’s reliance on a piece of software to generate new ideas. More specifically, I want to bring to life potential scenarios of how this thing would exist in the business world… How would a meeting with an angel investor, in which the person is forced to pitch an idea generated by a machine, go? What would it be like to play these machine-generated ideas out, strategically, in a conference room? What kind of response, if any, would a venture capital firm provide upon receiving 1… 10… 100… of these business plans? These are the three questions, or three projects, that I will be pushing towards for the end of the term.
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.