The dark side of Alexa
We are pleasantly surprised to know that the overall winner of the Design Museum Beazley Design of the Year award goes to a very ambitious data visualization project called "Anatomy of an AI System".
Described as "An anatomical case study of the Amazon Echo as an artificial intelligence system made of human labour, data and planetary resources". In layman’s terms, it attempts to prove that everyday decisions and the devices we buy are the root causes of the ongoing environmental crisis.
Taking a consumer’s conversation with Alexa, Amazon’s voice-activated assistant, as its starting point, designers and researchers Kate Crawford and Vladan Joler created a map and essay to represent the impact of the creation, use and disposal of just one of these devices. A challenging proof for those who think that the latest technological revolution is any greener than the preceding ones.
You can download the hi-res infographic here.
The people's choice award went to a less worrying object called MySleeve, a clever silicone design cover to help those using crutches.