by Nadine Lessio
Working with Useless Machines is a project about personal assistants that don’t want to assist you. By mixing humour and satire, this talk looks at a set of prototypes developed on Alexa and Google Home, that critique corporate tech culture by turning them into devices with no utilitarian function.
This talk is the conference presentation format of my MDes Thesis from OCADU. The lens is very maker driven, and uses prototyping as a vehicle for research and exploration. Some things I will be covering in this talk are defining what a Useless Machine is, how they exist contextually in art and pop culture, some of the challenges of trying to make creative products with corporate platforms, and how I went about building the prototypes themselves. Expect a lot of pictures, and banter about platforms, stacks o' yaks, API wrappers, tech-art, and how people respond to things like a blender that has seasonal affective disorder.
About the Author
Author website: http://nadinelessio.com/