Pratt BFA Communication Design Thesis

Griffin Reynolds Illustration

Technofuture Eden

Editorial design
Publication Design

When envisioning the exponential growth of technology, dystopian thoughts of society's inevitable collapse may come to mind. However, if viewed alternatively, the growth of humanity and technology integrating could exist in a symbiotic way. If our own self-made demise was not an issue, AI/AR and humanity could merge in a way that is reminiscent of the way that language transformed the human race. Utilizing a fully integrated AI/AR society, the way humans view themselves and each other would be completely transformed, changing our binary way of thinking to a completely fluid approach to identity. Viewing this reality through an optimistic lens, the limits to how far it can be integrated into human life is extreme, and allows the users to exist in a post-nature utopian digital state.

In our current day, AR is beginning to be introduced through Instagram filters and photo/video editing software. If this tech was pushed further and available in many areas of life, the possibilities can be much more extreme and all encompassing. This can lead to questions about how humans may exist in this era: how far could humanity grow with technology if our own survival/self demise was not an issue? How could humanity live when fully integrated with alternate reality? How seamlessly could technology merge with the psyche? How would individual expression and notions of identities change? When humans created language, the expressing of one’s identity was specified and expanded. Expanded vocabulary led to expanded sense of self and consciousness. In the same sense, an expansion of a physical identity in ways that could not occur naturally could peak in a transcendence of the physicality of existing.