Singapore 2040

LO Ka Kin, GAMMELGÅRD-LARSEN Anders, KURNIAWATI Arianni, SHI Qian Ying, WONG Zhen Jie Lionel

This project takes a speculative look at life in Singapore in 2040 through the eyes of our protagonists, Norm Aw and Nordin Ari. Artificial Intelligence has become an unavoidable consequence of development, influencing all aspects of their lives. We will witness how they are affected, for worse or for better, to predict what society might be like in an AI-dominated future.

Dystopia:
Singapore is very capitalistic and highly competitive even in the future, and became a global capital for AI development. The integration of such technologies become so widespread that only AI engineers remain relevant and valued, while other professions become obsolete. The extreme competition for jobs in AI industries leads to burnouts and suicide, and the capitalistic market system increases the separation between the rich and poor.

Utopia:
From present to the future, Singapore remains the forefront of technological implementation and innovation, and AI use is widespread in government and corporations.

A new generation of altruistic leaders takes special care to enforce a humanistic and sustainable approach in their policies. Designers and engineers, in turn, devote more effort to creating socially responsible projects to further benefit society, as AI and automation will take over the mundane tasks of formulative design work.

Subject: SD5012 Future Contexts for Design
Tutor: WILLIS Anne-Marie