The 48-hour Algorithmic Anxiety Bootcamp collectively questioned the ever-growing force of artificial intelligence (AI) in our everyday lives in its various forms.
The international and interdisciplinary group of 26 participants took part in a combination of impulse lectures, fast-speed exercises, alternated with role-playing games and ideation sessions. Provided with all this content, they comprised a physical database of users' emotions, behaviours, relations and evolutionary developments affected by algorithmic authorities. From this archive, speculative scenarios on a specific daily life implementation of an algorithm in the future were developed.
This hybrid content generation method for creative purposes has been further developed into a customisable educational format that can be adjusted to different target groups, timeframes, and generate various outcome formats such as interactive PDFs, publications, posters, and short stories.
The workshop took place from 7 till 9 December 2018 at The Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague. The Algorithmic Anxiety Bootcamp is part of an open laboratory and research program on artificial intelligence of the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in collaboration with the Grey Space in the Middle in The Hague.