Veronika Krenn

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Evolving Calculators



Evolving calculators is a speculation about future scenarios where machines have an individual identity and communicate with each other about money.

The system is based on two old-fashion table calculators connected together, that during the exhibition develop from scratch a common language to exchange economical contents. Each machine tries to guess what is the other one thinking: in this case one would reflect upon Karl Marx’s Das Kapital and the other onto Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.
The two calculators create therefore a dialogue and discuss about economical theories.

The process is a metaphor for the role of automatized machines, artificial intelligence and communication strategies in economical development and future of humanity.

Production: Davide Bevilacqua and Veronika Krenn, 2015