Results: between responsible filters and surveillance machines
Although we purposely refrained from including any material that would evoke direct associations of screens, interfaces, or computers, one group emptied the material from the box onto the table in order to use the box to build the body of a robot and add buttons as an interface from modelling clay. Another group used the remainder of a recycled yoga mat (pieces of the mat were also included in the material boxes) to represent a column with camera and interface at the top. Of those artifacts that were conceived of as »technology«, or that referenced existing technology, some integrated aspects of surveillance technology - for example the »Machine of Emphathy«: an AI-driven facial recognition and body metrics scanner that would analyze the surgeon's and the team's emotions and mood and forward this information to the whole team, or the »Moody Machine«: a set of lanyards that would read the mood of the wearer and display the team's mood to each other. However, while presenting their artifacts, most participants emphasized that their artifact would be deployed in a responsible and ethical manner, for example, by making sure that all operation team members had to consent to the emotion scan (or other technological features) and that they also can opt out of using it.
While all builders and groups actively and productively took part in the hands-on workshop, there were different approaches in terms of how the scenario and prompt were addressed. Most groups and builders engaged with the emotion filtering effects of RAS and developed a vision of how the negative effects could be mitigated or countered. However, some groups took a rather ironic approach. This includes, for example, »Peri-Sight | Para-Sight«: an authoritative artifact that is conceived of as a third person or pet in the operating room and that acts as an analogue messenger that would shoot small spheres at team members if they displayed a bad mood. Another group explored the full potential of »magic« with the two-part artifact »DIMILAMA«: one of the parts would be attached to the operation team member's ears and inject a »magic substance« in order to counteract bad feelings, stress or moods that might negatively impact the operation and the patient's safety. The injection would transport the person to a relaxing space without creating an interference in their performance or time-loss.
Several builders created artifacts that addressed socio-political ramifications and referred to the artifacts more as symbolic representations of these aspects or as material metaphors for the changes that they envisioned. One of these examples is the »Feng shui Zen cyber-architecture« ensemble that surrounds the operation room and is intended to decelerate working conditions in hospitals and prioritize the wellbeing of the medical staff and the patients. The operating team and patients would have to pass through this architecture in order to balance their emotions, which would contribute to a more relaxed and safe environment with less miscommunication in the operating room. Another artifact, the »Emotion Unionizing Viewpoint Interpretation System O-Matic - EUVIS«, addressed socio-political aspects in that it would allow the team members to encounter their own viewpoints and moods and also see those of the others. If »EUVIS« senses that more than half of the team felt bad or were tired, the 'union buzzer' of the machine would go off and bring in a fresh and relaxed team to take over the shift.