the good news bot


Obejct Design
Speculative Design
Critical Design

Evolving from passive, data-collecting machines, environmental sensors now form ‘intelligent’ systems. Sensing has spread from its origins in Science and Technology Studies, to citizen science projects and into our homes. Through participatory science, environmental sensors can be used to democratise data collection and allow for agency and action within sensed systems. They create ‘crowd-sourced’ data sets that become invaluable to scientists and local government. But what does this mean in the home? These sensors work quietly in the background keeping the modern home running efficiently, they breathe life into the supposed benign brick and mortar that houses them. The good news bot explores the use of environmental sensors in the home as a form of personal governance and resistance to the volatile and changing climate of the Anthropocene.

The bot aims to intervene in the perpetually bleak news cycles that demand our attention yet do little to motivate our behaviour, whenever it hears a negative headline, it will counter with a positive one. The good news bot does not claim to solve the complex issue of the media’s crisis reporting tactics or understand the deep psychological chain of events that affects our actionable behaviour. Rather it hacks and intervenes in a known and damaging cycle of fear-mongering and divisive news.

*video coming soon*