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Social Design: Student Projects

CAMILO DI OLIVEIRA CEZAR

TALKING TO MY DIGITAL SELF

As we consume and produce more media through ubiquitous digital technology, our relationships with our selves are changing. The saturation of daily life with digital stimuli generates existential crises, anxiety, and disconnection. We do not understand the world around us or who we are within it. We get lost. In an era of excessive information sharing, identity confusion, elevated self-consciousness, and fear of the future, we need a way to reflect on our own thoughts. This project tries to restore a lost sense of subjectivity—your individual and personal understanding of yourself and the world around you—by creating a new dialogue between you and yourself. A digital avatar of yourself grows with you from a young age, using artificial intelligence to study from your experiences and thoughts. Through weekly meetings, your avatar learns about you—and allows you to learn from yourself. Instead of talking to a friend, family member, or psychologist, you confront yourself.

What would it be like to have an external version of yourself, with whom you can have deep and endless conversations? The AI treats truth as subjective, developing a dictionary of concepts based on the words you use in spoken and online communication. But by processing and visualising these concepts, it makes your subjectivity more transparent. This project challenges the act of studying yourself in the mirror—now, the mirror has its own intelligence and confronts you with your own thoughts.

Graduation project, 2018

TALKING TO MY DIGITAL SELF

TALKING TO MY DIGITAL SELF
TALKING TO MY DIGITAL SELF