A new device, gy/n, is designed to utilize Android OS, born out of a project by Google called Android Experiments OBJECT. The name of the device, gy/n (jinn), is a coined word that combines the initial letter of Google with y/n, an abbreviation of yes/no used in programming theory when configuring programs. In addition, jinn means ‘spirit’ in Arabic. While their existence remains concealed from people, jinn are deemed to have the ability to think like people. This is the sort of device that we wanted to create. The gy/n device assists users in making choices. The user’s feelings are gradually extracted simply by tapping YES or NO to questions asked by gy/n. This leads the user to realize what it is they truly desire, by which time gy/n has already offered it as a choice. In the modern world, we are given vast libraries and a plethora of choices in music, photography, and travel, leading us to the problem of being unable to ‘make a choice’., We have taken a contrary approach, considering that it is necessary for Google to search us, in order for users to enjoy their experience. Compared to how we ask OK Google questions and give it orders, this device does the opposite. Asking us questions, gy/n makes decisions and tells us what to do. For example, everyone has the memory of being hungry and wanting to eat something, but of not knowing what to eat. You want to go out and relax, but sometimes you can’t think where you want to go. Music, photos, eBooks... having to choose from a vast library one can access at any time can sometimes be troublesome. gy/n asks simple YES or NO questions, such as ‘Do you want to eat Chinese food?’, or ‘Do you want to go out in the car?’ Using the answers to these questions, gy/n gradually narrows down the choices, soon revealing an inner desire that the user was personally unaware of. The gy/n experience resembles the familiar genie in Arabian Nights where, resembling a magic stone that can communicate with the user through direct contact, the user is assisted in finding their own desire.
Collaborator : Naoto Horikoshi (University of Tokyo)