Responses by Matt Pyke, creative director, Universal Everything
Background: We were commissioned by the Barbican Centre in London to create Future You, a compelling interactive experience that greets and primes visitors as they enter the AI: More Than Human exhibition. The audience ranges from AI and technology experts to arts and culture aficionados. We created an intuitive digital mirror, which presented visitors with a robotic reflection of themselves—each response is generated from 47,000 possible iterations, giving a personalized, unique experience to all.
Reasoning: We started by asking ourselves the question: How would you feel if you saw a synthetic version of yourself?
Challenges: Our aim was to create a believable, almost touchable reflection. This was only possible by using the fastest real-time graphics technology available today, to generate highly polished realistic robotic forms, with immediate responsiveness to visitor movements.
Favorite details: The feedback from the public has been super positive, witnessing a wide variety of interaction behaviors from groups such as three-year-olds, teenage school trips, serious architects, introverts and extroverts, all provoking new thoughts about their place in our ever evolving technological world.