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Inside The Blackbox by Tom Pearson

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Inside The Blackbox by Tom Pearson

Showcased recently at the 2016 RCA Design Interactions Show was a piece of work exploring the idea of decisions being made on our behalf by a 'data double'.

In a video featuring lines steeped in satire "democratically we decided that wasn't democratic" referring to the last general election having only had a 30% turnout. Tom Pearson paints a picture of what appears to be a dystopian democracy where our past data is used to generate a 'data double' for every citizen to represent them effectively in an online mass parliament. No longer would we have an elected representative democracy, instead we would have a digitally mediated direct democracy. Where, in effect, every decision is a referendum debated and voted on, on our behalf, based on previous decisions, actions or preferences of each citizen.

A very thought provoking idea, how would the country look and function if we all had the opportunity to be in on every decision in government. Would we fail to see beyond our own direct needs, would the majority of the population be happier, it is a fairer way for a system to be run?

The video ends on the line "It's kind of embarrassing how predictable we are as human beings", well here's one human being hoping that this prediction doesn't come true.