Graduation 2016 Project

Henrique Nascimento


Prizes: Gijs Bakker Award Nominee

Department: Social Design

Guidelines for the Human Factor

Current predictions are that robots will take over more than
5 million jobs in the next five years. Work as we know it
will drastically change. These ‘Guidelines for the Human Factor’
present an alternate concept of labour with new roles for
man and machine. As we are released from our manufacturing
tasks, we can shift our focus to creating meaning and leave
the production of things up to the machines.
Instead of seeing robots as a threat, Henrique Nascimento
proposes to embrace their skills and literally puts them at the
table alongside humans. In this algorithm-based workspace,
we can discuss social political, ethical or social topics while
the robot acts as a moderator of the discussion and displays
real-time references by using voice recognition and artificial
intelligence. As the discussion proceeds, a hologram starts to
grow based on information the robot has extracted from the
conversation. A ‘conversation piece’ will emerge: a co-production
between man and machine, ready for manufacturing.

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Photographs: Ronald Smits