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Promila Roychoudhury

MA work

Lessons from the Machine: A critical look at machines teaching children

The project is critically looking at the ethical issues involved in inviting machines to teach children. The primary objective of this project is to speculate a future where machines teach our children and become part of daily life alongside other technological advances.

The three constructed narratives tries to explain how the system operates. They explore how the system interacts and gathers information from children and their surroundings. Gathered information can help the system evolve and improve its teaching.

As part of school and home education, the system uses traditional social psychology experiments to understand, evaluate and teach complex human emotions. These include lessons on morals, building character, concepts of gratification and ethics.  The films showcase the four experiments that were conducted between a child and a machine, where machines can engage with and influence children’s development.


  • profile
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2014

  • I am a new media designer based in London, specialising in speculating implications of design and emerging new technologies in our society. 

    My recent  works are on the future of play, which try to critically assess the concepts of playfulness and games in our society. I am focusing on understanding and speculating how play might evolve in the future with new technologies.

  • Degrees

  • MA, New Media Design, National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, 2011
  • Experience

  • Interaction designer, All of Us, London, 2013; Senior interaction designer and prototyper, Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, India, 2012; Interaction deisgner, Ideo, Mumbai, India, 2012; Associate designer, NID_IBM Open Source Collaborative Research, India, 2012; Interaction design and development internship, Local Projects LLC, New York, 2011
  • Awards

  • Yahoo! USID Academic Showcase, 2010; OZ-CHI Online Student Design Challenge, 2010
  • Publications

  • R Promila and S Thoddu Srinivasan, 'FRAMEWORKS', In the Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia, Hong Kong, China, 2011