SmartPope + Neurohelper

SmartPope + Neurohelper is a farcical design fiction about a family and how they use two smart devices (the SmartPope and the Neurohelper, respectively) in their everyday lives.




Materials Used:


  • Adobe Illustrator

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Adobe After Effects


Project Brief:

Strange New Creatures Design Research Project, Phil van Allen


AI systems are inherently strange because of their mix of human parentage, algorithmic quirks, and savant syndrome with “islands of genius.” Our research project will embrace this odd mix in a series of design experiments that strive to create AI creatures with form and behavior that are “natural” to this strange inner character.


Create a variety of A.I. creature sketches. Then select two and imagine a scenario in which they both interact with a human in some activity.