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Lost

They Found

CLAIRE HE . FiCTION & ENTERTAINMENT 2018 INSTRUCTORS: LIAM YOUNG & ALEXEY MARFIN


What is “Lost They Found“? “Lost They Found“ is a series of inquiries for AI dolls and their strange relationships of love and care. These questions are:

HOW WOULD YOUR SMART FRIDGE CHEER YOU UP?

WOULD THERE BE ANY POINT TO SCREAMING AT A ROBOT?

CAN DOLLS BE MY NEIGHBOR?

WOULD YOU THROW YOUR LIGHTER AWAY IF IT REFUSED IT LIGHT UP YOUR CIGARETTE?

WE ROLEPLAY IN OUR DOLLS. CAN WE CHANNEL DOLL CHARACTERS IN REAL LIFE?

ARE WE UNABLE TO DESCRIBE HOW WE SHOULD PROCEED WITH CURRENT EMOTIONAL MINDFRAMES? WOULD WE EVOLVE TO DEVELOP A NEW SPECTRUM OF EMOTIONS?

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What is “Lost They Found“? These questions will be explored in the forms of a publication and sequence of short films.

book articles case studies imagery commentaries new terminologies

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films documentaries fictions story lines projections

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They

Found ...

Storylines


01 Dolls’ Valley In a village of Japan, 350 lifesize dolls tell the story of their depopulating village of 35 people.

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I used to drop by and have tea with the girl. And now she’s fixing me something. Just like twenty years ago, it’s like Ayano’s never left.

The dolls created by Ayano Tsukimi bring back the population of her hometown to when she left for the attractions in the city. Many from forgotten villages did. It took ten absent years for the village to dwindle from 350 to 35 people. It took her ten more years upon return, to bundle the 350 dolls from cloth and hay. Once in a while, new dolls are made by tourists in Ayano’s doll-making workshop as her creations made the valley quite a destination. On the internet, it is known as the “Creepy Doll Village”.

The dolls wait. Perhaps in their perpetual youth, dreaming of a life in the city. - The story will be told from the perspectives of the dolls.

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One day, I shall be remembered as a hard worker.

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Where am I taking these children, you ask? Um...

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Next question! Then time to get out of here.

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02 Sunbae The household senses that something is amiss. The digital appliances consult the Motherboard for suggestions to make their cat and human masters happy.

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WHAT

IS ?

GOING

ON

Ecobae wonders... When would 27 ° F be comfortable? Alexa ponders... Why so many pillows? Ref is amazed... How can humans leave things in the fridge for so long? And so, they consult the Motherboard, the combined consciousness and network of AI...

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Turns out Nikko has been in VR with his ex-girlfriend.

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He’s emulated the living room to the snowy memory.

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MB: Observation - Skittles is breaking into the freezer.

Ref: I don’t mind the company. Nikko hasn’t looked at me for a week.

MB: What we need is something to bring them both together. What are their favorite foods? Ref: Sharing a list right now...

Alexa: Calling Michelin Star Restaurant Jean-Georges for customized delivery. Lost They Found . Claire He 01 . 30 . 2018


Waiter: Your...sundae on a pillow, sir.

MB: Cat - curious; Human - unidentified expression; Lost They Found . Claire He 01 . 30 . 2018


03 Asuka You, accompanying Grandma, meet your parents for the first time. They bring their companion robot that’s been with them since they left you with Grandma in the homeland. Summer’s end, you switch places and live with your parents as Grandma goes back home with the robot.

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04 Lost Bot Companion robot waits at its owner’s door forever.

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Dal wake up in the forestwith no memory, only the directive to go home. But finally at the doorsteps, Dal arrives to only piles of mail and no clue of where his human could be. The robot waited. And waited. Seasons passed.

???

In the crannies where his wooden body had cracked, moss found its way and blanketed the robot, as did snow and a scarf from the neighbor who’s left. Eventually the robot caught people’s attention. They moved the rotting thing into a boat and sent him out to sea, the proper ceremony for dolls. Back on the balcony, sits a new version of the companion bot, uploaded with all of Dal’s memory.

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They

Found ...

Epilogue


Other Storylines

Exquisite Profile Two sisters learn about their absent mom through a Speech Simulator, a machine that replaces a character in a video with the user. Themes Parent-Ai-Child Relationship, Digital Footprint, Myths, Heritage, AI-Care, Crowd Source, Substitution Notes Loss, Comical

Reindrone Amazon drones deliver a mystery gift from everyone’s wish list. Alternative: The drones deliver you a gift for you to give someone else. Neither of you know what it is. Themes New Fairytales, Machine Omniscience Notes Wishful

Minna-ne

Stealthie

Hatsune Miku camouflages a young singer from assassins by changing her and her supporters’ digital presence into the Diva’s.

A rogue teen’s phone takes an “accidental“ selfie and sends it to Mom before a robbery.

Themes Crowd Source, AI-Care, Guardian, Vigilante, Public Support Notes Just

Themes Expectations, AIShepherding, Guardian Notes Embarrassing

Milly Milly, a CNC mill, writes love letters to unpopular kids. Other students begin to invent gossip on how attractive the letter receivers are.

Black Sheep When Son visits Mom in the suburbs, he engages in a chef battle with Mom’s robot companion. Themes: Parent-Child-Robot Relationship, Purpose, Substitution, Competition Notes: Conflicted, Comical

Themes: Loneliness, Legends, Closer Examination, Machine Emotions, AI-Care, Vigilante Notes: Comical, Romantic

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Research and References General research and themes reflect our understanding and bafflement surrounding the artificial intelligence and dolls that we are due to live and interact with.

Companion Kuri

Companion BB8

Wooden Amazon Echo

Keepon helping Companion Jibo

children with autism

Therapeutic doll Paro the robotic

Code Teacher

Doll

Mascot

seal

Sphero

Suwappu

Danbo

Tweenbots Hachiko waited

(cardboard on

Discarded dolls look out from the temple where they were purified

Hina matsuri (Doll Festival) in Japan where

for his owner for 9

wheels) navigate

(Ningyo Kuyo)

disused dolls are set on boats

years.

the city with

Alexa buys Wholefoods

people’s help.

Kid Bruce Lee

Obama speech animation

Lyrebird machine learning voice generator creates your voice with 30 sentences recordings.

Handwritten loveletter gachas for 300yen Slogans for the future - Douglas Coupland, Vitra Design Museum,

The Big Unspoken Problem With Digital Assistants

Computerworld, 2017 “...The next Windows or iOS might not be that each of these things is largely an ...is operating system at all, it could be...aan entirelyAIseparate system with universal digital assistant. “ virtually no sharing of common information or consistency of experience.

Dolores, android, repeats her story Two cleverbots chat

loop. Death doesn’t stop her. -Westworld

Hello Robot. Asuka’s mom insists that the rag doll is her daughter. - Neon Genesis Evangelion

Lars and the Real Girl


Visual References Three to Five stories out of the ten will be told in Live Action with CG characters. Exaggerated environments may exist within the characters’ (human or AI dolls) minds.

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Visual References Three to Five stories out of the ten will be told in Live Action with CG characters. Exaggerated environments may exist within the characters’ (human or AI dolls) minds.

Puppetry

Revising othergrown city

Bullets frozen in time.

-Dom & Nic, Heathrow, It’s a Wonderful Flight

-Square enix, NieR Automata

-Magica Madoka Puella Angel’s decent

Transition into other lives

-Neon Genesis

-Coldplay Up & Up

Evangelion CG pets

Red decides not to rebuild a world without her

Exaggerated scene

-The Sacred Egg,

lover.

of crime

KaleLimp

-Transistor (game)

-Transistor (game)

Character juxtaposition -David Wilson, Nike, What are Girls Made Of?

Worlds within worlds

Rendered puppets

Environments sending messages

- Sting TV, Gal Muggia

-Ma’agalim, Jane Bordeaux

-Sword and Sworcery

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Thank you!

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Lost They Found Pitch (DRAFT)  

Pitch doc for AI Doll book and sequenced film for Fiction and Entertainment EDGE Program at SCI-Arc. Project to be completed in August 2018.

Lost They Found Pitch (DRAFT)  

Pitch doc for AI Doll book and sequenced film for Fiction and Entertainment EDGE Program at SCI-Arc. Project to be completed in August 2018.