This project explores how we can find new ways of thinking about robots through the medium of speculative design proposals.
What would it mean when an electronic device knows more about your partner’s state than you do? Or can predict an incoming bout of misery through statistical analysis of accumulated data? When can technology become too invasive?
PhD project by practice. Using the robot as a case study to explore the methods and practice of speculative design in questioning and informing technological futures.
James Auger has a BA in Product Design from Glasgow School of Art and an MA in Design Products from the Royal College of Art. Between 2002 and 2005 he was employed as a research associate at Media Lab Europe, where the main focus of his research was a design-based investigation into technology-mediated human interaction. He then worked at the Issey Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo as guest designer. Since 2005 he has been teaching and continuing his research in the Design Interactions programme at the RCA.
James is also a partner in the Speculative Design practice Auger-Loizeau, whose projects have been published and exhibited internationally, including MoMA, New York; 21_21, Tokyo; The Science Museum, London and the Ars Electronica festival, Linz, and are part of the permanent collection at MoMA. In 2003 James was awarded the Köln Klopfer International Designer of the Year by the students of KISD in Germany.
James Auger is an external examiner at Edinburgh College of Design, visiting professor at HEAD, Geneva and on the judging panel of IF Design awards.