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Wednesday, April 15, 2015 — 10:00 AM EDT
Of the thesis entitled: Architecture Saturated with Free-Thinking Machines
 

Abstract:

This thesis explores the impact of intelligent buildings and environments as they grow the autonomy and ability to make their own intelligent decisions and act on those choices in our place. The thesis is split into two parts. The first half is a discussion of collected research material. It explores what drives architecture to evolve into this state. It discusses the threat of deskilling or diminished human intelligence as we continue to delegate more mental and physical effort away from our own bodies as we continue to co-evolve with technology. It also includes the loss of agency that could result if autonomous environments fail to clearly explain their actions and intentions or provide a method for an occupant to negotiate another solution. Finally, it suggests solutions to the menace of ever-present surveillance in the home and public spaces that a clever environment will need to understand and act on intelligently.
 
Through this analysis it speculates on the eventual form a human-built environment crowded with artificial minds may take, and the potential need for conversational and autobiographical machines to act as intermediaries between the rest of an intelligent environment and its human occupants. In addition to impacts on our own agency, this thesis also discusses the agency of the built environment itself and its potential for personhood, whether advisable or not. The second half of the thesis is science fiction short story that applies the discussion of the first half of the thesis. This story is inspired by the value of using speculative stories to contemplate future social change and by the narrative form this thesis proposes machine interfaces will eventually take. This story describes a conversation between a mistrustful man burned by the past and an intelligent environment’s artificial caretaker that seeks to regain his approval.
 

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor:

Committee Members:

Philip Beesley, University of Waterloo

Terri Meyer Boake, University of Waterloo
 
Andrew Levitt, University of Waterloo  
 
 

External Reader:

Christos Marcopoulos

 



The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.


The Defence Examination will take place:  

Wednesday April 15, 2015
10:00AM

Architecture Room 2026  

A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.

Location 
ARC - School of Architecture
Room 2026
7 Melville Street South

Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4
Canada

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