‘Salvus’ is an interactive narrative-driven video that interrogates ideas on ubiquitous computing and technological futures. The project examines potential facial recognition systems and their subsequent future socio-cultural impacts.
The project invites the user to take the place of an investor who is presented a demo of Salvus’ facial recognition systems and is able to explore this technology’s potential via a hands-on approach. ‘Salvus’ draws on ideas explored in the ‘Black Mirror’ episode ‘Nosedive’, as well as China’s soon to be Social Credit System. It draws inspiration for its minimalist, corporate aesthetic from the works of Viktor Hertz, creator of ‘The Noun Project’.
We place inherent trust in our technologies, often without second thought, allowing them to become part of us. Our personal data is also harvested consistently by social media to be used without our consent. The project hopes to raise questions and talking points for the audience through interactive engagement about the implications of this technology, whilst framing the potential for abuse that may follow.