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Colin McSwiggen

MA work

'Delphi' is an oracle. It uses personal data to predict how your life will unfold in advance, helping you to realise goals and discover hidden connections between different areas of your activity. Would drinking less improve your sex life? Are your fitness goals realistic? When should you sleep tonight to finish the most work by the end of tomorrow? How will next week's social engagements impact on your diet? 'Delphi' doesn't have exact answers to these questions -- but it knows more than you do. Visitors to the Show can use the Delphi interface to virtually pilot my life, seeing how their own decisions would affect my behaviour in the future.

Colin McSwiggen is a designer, programmer, writer and musician. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT and has contributed writing on design, music and politics to publications including Literary Review, The Boston Globe, Print, Jacobin and n+1. His work has been exhibited at the Wellcome Trust and the Seoul Design Foundation.

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  • Colin McSwiggen profile image
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2013

  • 'Delphi' is an oracle. It uses personal data to predict how your life will unfold in advance, helping you to realise goals and discover hidden connections between different areas of your activity. Would drinking less improve your sex life? Are your fitness goals realistic? When should you sleep tonight to finish the most work by the end of tomorrow? How will next week's social engagements impact on your diet? 'Delphi' doesn't have exact answers to these questions -- but it knows more than you do. Visitors to the Show can use the Delphi interface to virtually pilot my life, seeing how their own decisions would affect my behaviour in the future.

    Colin McSwiggen is a designer, programmer, writer and musician. He holds degrees in mathematics and physics from MIT and has contributed writing on design, music and politics to publications including Literary Review, The Boston Globe, Print, Jacobin and n+1. His work has been exhibited at the Wellcome Trust and the Seoul Design Foundation.

  • Degrees

  • BSc, Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2011; BSc, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 2011
  • Experience

  • Product design internship, NOSIGNER Studio, Tokyo, Japan, 2012; Research assistant, MIT Innovations in International Health, Cambridge, USA, 2010– 11; Research assistant, Mathematical Biosciences Group, Imperial College, London, 2010; Emergency medical technician, MIT Emergency Medical Services, Cambridge, USA, 2009– 11
  • Exhibitions

  • Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, London, 2013; Monsoon Collective Exhibition, Sattya Media Center, Kathmandu, 2012; GoGlobal 2012, Seoul Design Foundation, Seoul, 2012; Sport and the Mind, Wellcome Trust, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Presidential Scholar, State of Ohio, United States Department of Education, 2007
  • Conferences

  • 'Is Memetic Engineering Real?', XOR, Harvard University, 2009
  • Publications

  • Time in Sound, n+1 (upcoming), 2013; 'Review of Multiple Signatures', Mariah Nielson (co-author), Print, 2013; 'Review of To Forgive Design', Literary Review, 2012; 'Against Chairs; Designing Culture; Vague Strategy; Blaming Things', Jacobin Magazine, 2012– 13