Building a Voight Kampff Machine

The factor that differentiates and distinguishes designs fiction from other speculative approaches is its novel use of world building and in a recent paper we considered whether there is value in creating fictional research worlds through which we might consider future interactions. As an example we build a world in which algorithms for detecting empathy will become a major compnent of future communications. We take inspiration from the sci-fi film Blade Runner in order to consider what a plausible world, in which it is useful to build a Voight-Kampff machine, might be like.

The world created includes a kickstarter video for an Empathy SDK, a design for a Voight Kampff device presented as an iPhone accessory, and finally a comic (included in the paper) that provides a potential use case.

VK Comic