The Judge

Jens Kristoffer Bøyesen Vik

We are using technology and why shouldn’t we? Technology helps us in so many ways, and society is built on technology. I mean, banking, communication - in fact a lot of everyday life is based on or uses technological solutions. But what if we lose the control, what if the smartphones, our computers, software and apps start to reprogram themselves. What if the dating apps decide that you don’t have a symmetrical enough face for their service, or if the main server in a bank decide that you don’t deserve your money – because you are to angry, to stupid or not suitable for their service.

The judge is an example of a service that has crossed our borders; it can no longer be programmed, it only corresponds to itself and it is only concerned about giving people a score.

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