In the scenario, Project GOVernix is a secret code name of a government program. The outcome is a mother toolkit for babies which can make them feel love but also control their minds and shape their behavior. It is designed by a commercial company and pitched to the government organization with the aim of ‘developing’ future citizens, in order to exact obedience of them and promote the resurgence and prosperity of society. Due to a hidden awarding system beside the facade, the toolkit holds a variety of functions which are specific to both caring for and brainwashing the baby who lies in it.
This toolkit includes seven parts to constitute the hidden awarding system.The baby who lies in it can get awards from the system subtly depends on his/her expression:
Double-sided Head Facade Function: Rotating and changing side depending on the current emotion of babies, which will help them build the self-awareness and the concept of others.
Hidden Function: When babies get awards and good experience from the mother toolkit, they will see the the happy face. Vice versa, they will see the unhappy face when they cannot have awards. Due to the lack of knowledge about the causal relationship, babies wIll believe the faces are the reason of awards.
Facade Function: Detecting the emotion of babies in order to make the mother toolkit satisfy baby's’ needs.
Hidden Function: It collect the information about citizens from their baby stage so that the government can classify citizens depending on these information which will influence the destiny of every person.
Facade Function: Feeding babies automatically.
Hidden Function: Infants have an innate preference for sweet foods and this tool can adjust the sweetness of the milk. When babies’ performances are happy and quiet, they can taste more sweet milk from the tool.
Facade Function: Whispering and simulating the mother’s breaths to keep babies relaxed and calm.
Hidden Function: The content of whisper can lead babies to learn the standard of future citizens. When babies scream, there would be some high frequency voices hidden in whisper that are annoying for babies but impossible to be heard by adults.
Facade Function: Beneficial for enhancing the mental health and sensory perception of babies. It can adjust and simulate the temperature of the human body. The baby can also enjoy the similar experience similar to lying on a mother’s body. Hidden Function: After screaming, the belly will become a little cooler for a short period with irregular breaths which will make baby uncomfortable.
Facade Function: Massaging babies for relaxation according to their emotions with different power and methods, which are beneficial for baby growth.
Hidden Function: The experience and the comfort level depends on the expression of babies.
Facade Function: Helping parents watch and take care of their babies. The monitor can broadcast some early-education videos on the official website where has many options and updates.
Hidden Function: These videos are designed carefully to subtly shape the perspective and values system of babies.
The project aims to produce doubt about our perspectives of the world, and question whether our values are always correct, and where they come from. Suspecting ourselves might be a way to understand other people and the world.
Our values depend on our groups, and our cultural background, which keep the tribes together and keep ourselves safe, but circle and limit our opinions at the same time. I hope our opinion could be more flexible and be more open minded for people who disagree with us. Then having a conversation and opportunity to know each other instead of argue.