James Boock


Product and Interaction Designer
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Designer in Residence - EMMA Kreativezentrum, 2018
Interactive Installation on Artificial Intelligence systems


enter. is an installation that explores the depth and effect of current AI systems within our society. Using the Chinese Social Credit System (SCS) as a precedent it shows the reality of these systems and encourages dialogue about the implications AI systems will have on our near future. By simulating an ordinary scenario enter. depicts the possibilities of living within this system.

“trust-keeping is insufficiently reward [sic], the costs of breaking trust tend to be low” - (Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System (2014-2020) - Translated source - Chinese Government

“credit for everything in your life,” - You Xi, reporter




The SCS is a system currently on trial by the Chinese government which gives each citizen an overall credit score. Majority of the trial is run through two privately owned platforms, Wechat (TenCent) and Sesame Credit (Alibaba). The overall credit is based not only on their finance but also by analysing personal data. A person’s score will then reflect if they are allowed or restricted to do certain things. Currently, during the trial period there have been cases of individuals unable to buy flights or stay in certain hotels due to their scores. The plan for the system is to run deeper and restrict children from accessing certain schools if parents have low scores and discredit people for being associated with low credit holders. The system will analyse individuals ‘day to day’ data and place allowances or restrictions on their lives.
© 2018 

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