The (secondary) research, more ideas and thoughts behind this project are documented in detail on a project blog.
Scientist like Dan Goldstein have shown that seeing a rendering of ones future self increases the likelihood of making financial provisions. What if, some (not so unlikely) day in the future, algorithmical predictions could be used to make detailled personal predictions? I have long been interested in the impact of data mining on our personal lives, so this was a great opportunity to speculate and plan such a service. Who would use such a service? What would they like to know? I used personal interviews and a simple google spreadsheet survey to find out more.
What kind of experience would be nice and adequate? With “fuzzy protectives”, “time travellers” and their initial ideas in mind, I came up with some scenarios.
I wanted to create a device that, despite a formal clarity and functionality, retained a ambiguous character. Fortune-telling, after all, has been a very mysterious science for most of human´s history.