Playscaping with AI

Tomo Kihara (JP)

This game questions the implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) vision in the city space through play. Players wear a smartphone on their head which does advanced object detection. The algorithm detects various things from hotdogs to sad people which will turns the ordinary cityscape into a playscape. Each players must survive in the city following the rule that the AI sets.


Dit spel stelt de gevolgen van het gebruik van kunstmatige intelligentie (artificial intelligence, AI) in de stad ter discussie. Spelers dragen een smartphone op hun hoofd met objectherkenning (advanced object recognition, AOR). Het algoritme herkent diverse zaken, van hotdogs tot verdrietige mensen en vormt de stad om tot speelveld. Aan de hand van opdrachten die de AI verstrekt, moet elke deelnemer zien te overleven in de stad.

About Tomo Kihara

Playful interventionist and design researcher, Tomo Kihara develops situated playful interventions to challenge and reframe societal issues. His recent project Street Debaters aims to change the act of begging into a job to create public discourse through playful artifacts. His projects to reframe societal issues through design activism has been acclaimed internationally, with project “phonvert – a project to raise awareness of the potential that retired smartphones have –  being nominated as Design of the Year 2016 by the London Design Museum. As a founder, he is now currently in charge of developing this project at the Waag Society in Amsterdam.

Some people also refer to him as the Chief Street Debater since he is head of the  Street Debaters around the globe. On sunny weekends you can meet him street debating about almost anything − from politics to the best anime −  in Amsterdam Dam square. Originally from Tokyo, he is now a graduate student based at TU Delft, Design for Interaction program in the Netherlands.


16 Jun 2018


11:00 - 12:00




Tomo Kihara


Tomo Kihara
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