Jessica Lee's Objective Devices

As part of Jessica Lee's Art Center's Media Design Practices/Lab program final thesis project she asks us "What do stocks, fortune cookies, Twitter, and uranium have in common?

Going by the title "Objective Devices" the project looks at the "paradigm shifts that are occurring in modern physics and proposes a design methodology that collapses the space between science, technology, design, and culture."

The first device "ignorant decay" is a Geiger counter device that detects radioactive signals, produces an algorithm and trades on the open stock market based on the stochastic behavior of radioactive decay.

Created using a Sparkfun Geiger Counter, a Raspberry Pi and the TradeKing API the design fiction looks at how a "physical, random phenomena can effect stock decisions based on its stochastic behavior. The results are tracked and measured by visually representing the behavior of both the Uranium and current health of the stock market."

Stocks, Twitter, Uranium: Jessica Lee's Objective Devices

Her other connected project in the series is "#fortunecookie" and plays off of the Schrödinger’s Catthought experiment that explores if a cat is may be both alive and dead depending on an earlier random event.

Using Twitter posts and fortune cookies to make the experiment physical, the design creates "an alternate vision where Twitter is providing a new view of our future selves by taking existing tweets (which represent an event that has happened in the past to someone else) and changing the language to create a fortune (which will represent an event that has the probability to happen in the future to the receiver of the fortune cookie)."

Stocks, Twitter, Uranium: Jessica Lee's Objective Devices

More of Lee's work can be found at:, on her blog:, or you can watch #fortunecookie in action in the embedded video below.

Via: Nicolas Nova
Image Credits: Jessica Lee

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