Keywords of the Greater Bay Area

Artificial Intelligence


Guo Yuchan

Smart Home Appliances

When the occupant of an unfurnished room enters, the floor and walls begin to configure themselves according to the occupant's preferences and the furniture is placed according to the occupant's style. A smart home appliance may "paint" according to its ideas. Its "brushstrokes" do not amount to an image, but an object—a physical household appliance. Home appliances are no longer produced in factories and by machines to become commodities based on engineers' drawings. People no longer bring them home from stores. The smart home appliance can self-produce. Once the occupant steps into the room, they become the smart home appliances' object of observation. It produces its external, physical body according to what it observes of the occupant's preferences, habits, and appearance. A smart appliance and its owner do not communicate through language but through the tactility and perception of two bodies. Smart home appliances observe the human's expression, emotions, temperature, and the tension created by the human presence. Conversely, a person senses the temperature and texture of any device through touch and perceives how it feels about them based on the changing colors in the room. Screens may be placed in any space, voices transmitted through any point of contact, standard nutritious meals distributed on time and in appropriate quantities. So what is an appliance? The appliance is this room, the space it occupies. Smart home appliances occupy the urban area, dividing it into different compartments. People place themselves inside, fitting in "the right place." The individual neither owns these smart home appliances nor occupies the space; instead, the machine occupies the individual. When one enters the room, one inhabits a closed space, like a commodity displayed in a window, waiting to be exchanged.

(Translated by Fiona He)

About Keywords of the Greater Bay Area

The "Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area" is a new construction envisioned from a top-down perspective and territorial integration. It is a blueprint for a future urban development based on efficiency, speed, and mobility. What if we conceive the Greater Bay Area as an experiment, an imaginary experiment? On the one hand, there is the question of 'diversity'. When we talk about smart cities, artificial intelligence, automation, ecological crisis, information security, the future of virtual reality, global trade, etc., where does this view of the future come from, and what determines it? On the other hand, a profound political, spatial, historical, and geographical significance is present in the Greater Bay Area. Is it possible to develop a different imagination based on the history and culture of the "Pearl River Delta-Greater Bay Area;" meaning, to consider a development departing from local knowledge production, negotiating with accelerating technologies, facilitating collaborations between art and other disciplines, and reshaping the vision of institutions of art and technology? By exploring the diversity of technologies, human and non-human ecologies, and reproduction of social relations, might it be possible to reposition the "Greater Bay Area" as a pioneering experiment of southern China's technological and cultural imagination beyond a mere economic zone?

Editors: Jianru Wu, Guo Yun
English editor: Christy Lange