LIL' VISIONARIES

SPECULATIVE CRITICAL DESIGN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN
IN COLLABORATION WITH STRP
STRP-School-(9)

ABSTRACT

 

I was looking for "blind spots" at STRP Biennale 2017 and saw that there were so many children that came to experience "the future vision" of people that are 20/30/40 years older then they are. This led me to think that it would be great to know what the kids actually think about creative technology, smart city/society, the future, and help them to develop their own visions. 

So I went back to two schools from two different social classes that had visited, to video interview the children. Sadly, I don't speak Dutch, meaning I needed a constant translator to assist me (thanks Jaco Maatman); therefore this concept will one day be replicated to a country where I speak the local language and I can directly communicate with the children.

RESEARCH

Conclusions from Interviews with Children

 

 

  • Most memorable experience from STRP Biennale 2017 were VR experiences because of their immersiveness and escapism

  • When asked what makes a smart-phone smart, and what it means to be smart in general, most answers were either about AI or design / creativity / innovation

  • When asked about future products / services for the smart-city, most answers were about AI, then having no tech in the smart-city at all, then flying cars and then affordable housing

  • When asked about ownership vs access, most answers were access and some were moderate between both.

  • When asked about personal / collective dream and 5 needs for the smart-society, most answers were social-based over tech-based

  • When asked about a desired super-sense in relation to an occupation, most answers were flying, super-sight and super-hearing, but the some very interesting individual ideas arose from this

  • When asked about money creation, most kids tried explaining the historical evolution of money, though one child said money can be in any shape

  • When asked about digital money, surveillance and privacy vs transparency, most kids were for transparency until I intervened and they changed their answer to moderate between both, while only a few were for complete transparency

  • When asked about the future state of respect among religions, the most answers were for a realistic scenario where religions would continue as they do, a bit less thought the situation would get better, while only one person thought religions will completely vanish

  • When asked about cultures and activities for the future jobless society, the same amount of answers were for idleness and charity / volunteering, while focusing mostly on either socializing, criminality and programming

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