The Domestic Gubbins form the first part of the project 'Rethinking Machine Intelligence'. They are four fictional objects, designed as video probes, in order to enter in conversations with people around their everyday ideas of intelligence.
The Gubbins have not been built to ‘work’, but instead assembled as objects to stimulate questions and direct future design. We have presented the Gubbins, for example, to people in their homes and used the results of interviews to reflect on what intelligence in machines might be like in an everyday mundane domestic context. This brought some insightful thoughts and reflections about how it can be quite problematic to assign inteligence to machines.