Amiable engineering

What makes machines, engines or digital applications friendly? When do they become cute or amiable? What feels friendly, when does discomfort joins in? Does material or visible technical components influence our experience? Should everything be white and shiny?

A lot of my work is born out of interest in those questions. I started building friendly low-tech machines or installations to keep the threshold for most people as low as possible. I researched installations with (c)old computer components appealing to human emotions.

In the near future I would like to explore digital applications. The technology of Artificial Intelligence is almost within reach. Does it matter if friendship or interaction is AI or human? Online and on social media the boundaries already seem to vanish.