Speculative Design Brief Response #2

A1141 a human being in control of an artificial person domiciled flow chart of integrated logic.

Screenshot from flowchart by Heath Bunting

Screenshot from flowchart by Heath Bunting

By Heath Bunting, irational.org

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DESCRIPTION: A flow chart of how to build an domestic artificial person
(corporation) without a invoking a natural person (anonymous).

KEYWORDS: Account, address, agreement, bottled, carbon, card, company,
council, cultivated, customer, date, debit, dioxide, dispose, domiciled,
ecotricity, edf, electricity, email, energy, faeces, fire, food, fuel, gas,
green, household, issuer, landlord, language, located, mastercard, meter,
money, name, nationality, number, owner, oxygen, payer, person, piped,
postal, potable, power, pre-paid, provide, resident, residential,
sainsbury’s, services, sewerage, solid, speak, staples, tax, telephone,
tenancy, tesco, urine, user, vanilla, visa, waste, water, website, wessex,
wild, wood, write.

A natural-person-free artificial person (corporation) domiciled consists of
only non-natural person members: eg: human being, artificial person
(corporation).

By definition, a natural person can never be a member of an anonymous
corporation.

A natural-person-free artificial person (corporation) domestic is a refined
version of the natural-person-free artificial person (corporation) normal,
specifically designed for domestic use. It allows people to live in their
homes anonymously.

Hierarchy is only possible through horizontal separation and vertical
integration.

Unlawful hierarchies, such as the united states empire or other organised
crime networks, attempt this covertly through the co-option of lawful
organisations (government departments) and the creation of unlawful
organisations (mafia).

Horizontal linking and vertical compartmentalisation is effective resistance
against unlawful intrusion of vertical hierarchies.

The natural-person-free artificial person (corporation) domestic is an
important layer of vertical compartmentalisation and is especially effective
when combined with other layers such as the anonymous natural person
and anonymous human being.

Created with Graphviz

The Status Project.

 

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About Lucy Kimbell

Director, Innovation Insights Hub, University of the Arts London. AHRC research fellow, Policy Lab, Cabinet Office. Associate fellow, Said Business School, University of Oxford. Author of Service Innovation Handbook. @lixindex
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2 Responses to Speculative Design Brief Response #2

  1. guyjulier says:

    This response seems to be doing two very important and related things at the same time. One is that it draws attention to the networks of things and their use, skills, background knowledge, emotional dispositions and bodily activities that make up the ‘domiciled person’. It provides a algorithm of action. The other is that in revealing this infrastructure, it raises the question of how reflexive and transparent social design can be.

    For me, this is a desired part of social design. How can the objects of social design reveal the structures of their own systems of provision and functioning within themselves? How can the ‘background processes’ of a service or an experience be made readable in situ? (This might be a Brechtian approach to social design, if you like.) In doing this, I believe that we can move to a more responsive and inclusive form of design where participants in a system really understand what is going on and are able to engage in modifications, customisations or contestations. This relates to Pelle Ehn’s notion of ‘infrastructuring’ (http://dspace.mah.se/bitstream/handle/2043/7196/Ehn_Participation.pdf).

    I’m at risk of lapsing into art-bollocks here, but I think that Heath Bunting’s response humanises and de-humanises at the same time. In showing the structures, the responsibilities, lines of power and interests are revealed. But since so many of them come up as ‘anonymous’, we’re prompted to ask ‘who, then?’.

    Perhaps this issue of infrastructuring of systems and the politics it reveals and provokes could be a fruitful field of research for social design…

  2. Lucy Kimbell says:

    I appreciate the way this response to the brief de-centres the underlying assumptions of human-centred design. The person here is revealed to be at a nexus of processes and structures that constitute someone has having an address, and having confirmable identities in relation to various institutions, and being provided services such as household fuel that are so familiar that they are more or less invisible in the resource-rich societies of the Global North.

    Social design solutions often assume not just internet connectivity, but also electricity and all the other bits of infrastructure that are often taken for granted. This response reminds me of the contingency and fragility of contemporary societies.

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