Objectify: Better Living Through Anticipatory, Just-for-you 3D Printing!

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The ubiquity of 3D printers reveals a problem: people do not know what to use them for. If they do have an idea, they struggle to realize it, despite decades of research into design tools. However, consumption patterns suggest people still desire new objects, and advanced AI and digital fabrication point together toward an easy, post-scarcity future. This satirical advertorial presents Objectify, a program that harvests users' data to create bespoke objects they could want, just in time. Pushing 'cutting edge' AI's promises to their logical conclusion, our implemented pipeline uses AI-based content generation (GPT-3 [4] and Dreamfusion [14]) to ideate, generate 3D models, and print just-in-time objects. Objectify is 'pataphysical software [16]; created objects were non-functional monolothic pieces of blob-like single-color plastic. We discuss implications of the post-scarcity just-for-you vision of technological progress in AI and digital fabrication.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2023 - Extended Abstracts of the 2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages8
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
Publication date2023
Article number418
ISBN (Electronic)9781450394222
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 23 Apr 202328 Apr 2023


Conference2023 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023
SponsorACM SIGCHI, Apple, Bloomberg, Google, NSF, Siemens

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    Research areas

  • 'pataphysical software, 3D printing, design tools, machine learning, technological charisma

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