Interaction & Service Designer Based in Oslo, Norway
Neural: A fictional future of domestic video surveillance in 2025
Neural is an independent exploration of future design space for domestic video surveillance technology. Advanced home surveillance cameras are capturing and transforming everyday life, into data streams that are readable and interpretable by both humans and machines, while also becoming ubiquitous yet unremarkable features of most urban environments. This is a work of design fiction exploring the plausible evolution of these cameras in the near future and its potential implications.
I worked on Neural in collaboration with another Interaction designer, Sumit Pandey. Both of us contributed equally to the project, including, but not limited to, concept design, futuring and visualization of the magazine spread.
Neural: A fictional technology magazine, January 2025 issue
Creating actionable signals
We started by assembling a broad list of emerging trends and forecasts, recent technological breakthroughs, experimental research, and visions and policies, related to video surveillance technologies, from a range of sources such as news articles, future forecasts, and academic research results. These sources were then translated into short, provocative, and actionable ‘instances’ and collected into an “instance database.”
Choosing signals and world building
We used a variation of the
format by Odd studio and
"Things from the future"
game to analyze the collected signal and selected a few based on its relevance, anticipated popularity, and our expertise and ability to work with it.
We subsequently extrapolated and brainstormed plausible products and services and the related fictional circumstances and needs in the near future. We followed an arc of continued growth to avoid overly utopian or dystopian narratives.
Making it real
We chose a magazine format to express this future vision as it allowed multiple aspects and perspectives of the world to be presented within a single overarching narrative. Moreover, this format implicitly incorporates real-world contrasts between the marketing-driven tone of advertisements and the subjective and
optimistic tone of the editorial content.
Telling the story through Neural
Based on the extrapolated trends we wrote articles, created print advertisements, featured wish list and technology timeline and a cover page. We created detailed print based infographics and other supporting visuals creating a thorough diegetic prototype presenting a snapshot of the near future.
For instance, we created a hand-drawn data visualisation inspired by the
Dear Data project
to reflect a journalist’s interaction with a fictional service called Humanizr, that uses different cameras to create datasets that subjectively label different aspects of people’s interactions with one another in different situations, such as care or concern in everyday exchanges.
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Neural is a glimpse in a plausible future mundane of everyday life, rituals, behaviors, expectations, and interactions with the designed world.
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