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Unseen Echoes

On the internet, we are increasingly losing sight of what is real and what is not. Like the people we come across on social media, sometimes they are merely virtual. In the wrong hands, these so-called “social bots" can be used to manipulate our personal views by amplifying extremes and promoting polarisation. 

In Emergence’s work, social bots are embodied and projected in invisible infrared among the existing crowd of the Delft station. The visible/invisible are related to the real/virtual. From an online perspective, or through screens in the installation, there is no difference between these digital entities and ourselves. Physically we can’t see them, only notice their echoes. 

How often do you critically think about the information you consume and the way you form opinions on social media? What is the role of technology in this discussion? 

Emergence reflects on new technologies becoming evermore complex and intangible. We call for transparent technologies, which we see as tools inseparably tied to humankind, and recognize a shared responsibility between engineers that develop them and everyone that uses them.  

Find a more extensive presentation of the work here:

 

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