The Prediction Machine (2014)
The Prediction Machine is an interactive artwork, based on end of the pier fortune telling machines. The machine marks ‘moments of climate change’ in our everyday lives and prints out ‘climate fortunes’ for 30 years in the future, that visitors to the machine can take away with them. These predictions use live weather data captured at a local weather station, matched with projected climate data from future climate models provided by scientists at the UK MET office, and observations by local people. The machine links up to an interactive website that combines narrative and visual representations of the data with more traditional science communication.
The Prediction Machine has been developed in collaboration with local people in the East Midlands (UK) and Rio State (Brazil), engineers, computer scientists, climate scientists and researchers.
The Prediction Machine
In collaboration with Rachel Jacobs, Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, Nottingham Contemporary, and FACT.
Originally commissioned by Radar Loughborough University Arts.
Supported by Arts Council of England and EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account.
Rachel Jacobs, Steve Benford, Ewa Luger, and Candice Howarth. 2016. The Prediction Machine: Performing Scientific and Artistic Process. In Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 497-508. https://doi.org/10.1145/2901790.2901825
Photo credit: Rachel Jacobs
Last updated: 13th April 2019