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Sentiment Honk

‘Sentiment Honk’ is sensitive to negativity. Having a conversation nearby may lead to a series of interruptions or nudges, indicative of the tone of your words.


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Rachel Smith

Rachel is a multidisciplinary installation artist. Her main interests lie in the relationship between humans and machines and her work has a particular focus on the hidden decision making processes found in artificial…

‘Sentiment Honk’ is a series of robotic creatures consisting of self-blowing party horns (the kind that children often have at birthday parties) that respond to nearby negativity. This means that they will be listening into people’s conversations and using sentiment analysis algorithms to decide when they detect a negative word or phrase. When they do, they will let out a ‘honk’, intervening both physically and audibly into the space.

This project arose from thinking about the role of Artificial Intelligence systems operating in our everyday lives. In particular, it looks at the kinds of decisions these artificial neural networks are being asked to make and the validity of the results, particularly in the emotional realm.


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