Meet the AI Mayor

Interactive Theater

In this project, we created a speculative future where cities will be governed by an AI Mayor which makes utilitarian decisions based upon the massive data gathered from the city.

In the field of AI, there is a growing awareness towards the ethical implications of autonomous decision making. In a kind of conundrum – in which there is no quantifiable “right” solution, and different kinds of harm need to be weighed against each other – Whose ethical values should AI consider important? If there are two parties making different demands, how should the AI decide which to favor? And if it did…would we even know why the AI made the decision?

We engage the participants to experience the problem of “Black boxing” and “Trolley problem” through an open dialogue with the AI Mayor to solve a complex urban issue.


  • Interactive Technology Design : TU Delft


  • DeSForM 2017