Intuition Enhancer is part of my master thesis--Absurd Intelligence: Explorations of the Unconscious. It's a series of story-telling projects, and is part of the process—Futuring.
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Futuring is a way of thinking about the preferable future and tracing the process of arriving at this future back to the present. The practice offers an approach to coming up with design solutions that can potentially help us build the future we want.
In this project, I envisioned a possible scientism dystopia, a well-balanced utopia, and a company in the future to help me build my current brand. This series of products includes three projects: a speculative newspaper, a speculative design "Intuition Enhancer”product, and a speculative service of selling Intuition.
At the very beginning of the development of this design, I wrote a science fiction novel about a utopian future in which humans embrace both logical reasoning and intuition. I invented an intuition enhancer and a company called the Illogical Mind Institute (IMI), which manufactures this product.
I also designed a speculative newspaper, the future version of Scientific American, which describes the years right before the utopian future of my science fiction story. The era of the speculative newspaper is a scientism dystopia in which people blindly trust logical thinking, which creates massive social problems detailed in the paper.
The moral of the speculative newspaper story comes from our current (actual) over reliance on analytical reason and logic at the expense of any reliance on intuition. In fact, on the back side of the newspaper, IMI, the startup that will characterize the next era, has just begun providing the service of selling the intuition of successful people.
Currently, the technology of an intuition enhancer does not exist, and it is difficult to say whether or not such a thing would lead to Users’ arriving at the most accurate answers to their questions and issues, but consciously adding it to our current model for decision making holds great potential, particularly with regard to making snap decisions. My focus is therefore how to address the problem of over-analyzing.
I hypothesis that if people, especially perfectionists or "waffler", were to pay more attention to their intuition, they could vastly improve their ability to make snap decisions and thereby learn how to make all decisions more efficiently.