Author: Ernesto D. Morales

Podcast: Would you let a neuro-dating device determine your romantic future?

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Inventions / Love, Optimized / Press
Flash-Forward-Object-Solutions-NeurAlign

Visit a future where machines make couples fall in love faster: Our NeurAlign invention is the subject of the excellent podcast Flash Forward, where host Rose Eveleth interviews us, and asks experts (a neuroscientist-artist and a dating podcaster) how feasible this future really is. The burning question: Would you try it? LISTEN HERE

Love, Optimized at MIT

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Exhibitions / Live Appearances / Love, Optimized

In April and May, 2016, we launched Love, Optimized at the MIT Keller Gallery, as part of “The Contingent Space of Work,” curated by Nisa Ari and Christianna Bonin. Seventy-five souls poured into the opening reception, and our very own Shelly Ronen, Chief Scientific Officer, immersed the audience in the Object Solutions vision (see video above). “Our broader goal is to turn life into a delicate choreography of specialized inventions.” To see all the works from the show, take home […]

Design Observer: Love, Optimized

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Exhibitions / Live Appearances / Love, Optimized / Press

Written by Victoria Solan. Originally published on Design Observer. The scene is familiar: a fourth-floor gallery, darkened, save for beams of light projected on art objects. Nearby, a film loop depicts young artists seriously contemplating their conceptual distance from a crew of Soviet janitors. The audience is earnest and bespectacled. In the jubilant tones of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Shelly Ronen introduces Love, Optimized, a coordinated series of sensors and apps designed to enhance human […]

Motherboard: Wedding Ring Drones, Intimacy Meters, and Other Future Visions of Romance

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Exhibitions / Love, Optimized / Press

Written by Jon Christian. Originally published on Vice Motherboard. Electrodes that attach to your skull to evaluate your compatibility with a potential mate. A personal drone that hovers nearby and shines a spotlight on your wedding band (in “flaunt mode,” it circles your ring finger using “twelve dramatic flyover techniques”). A smart home system that encourages closeness by rationing out internet access and drinking water depending on how much intimate time you’ve spent with your […]

The Daily Beast: What if ‘The Onion’ Made Drones and Sex Toys?

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Love, Optimized / Press

The future of love is emerging. Rose Eveleth takes our latest Object Solutions for a spin. Find out just how near our inventions veer to reality. Written by Rose Eveleth. Originally published on the Daily Beast. Object Solutions is a dark, satirical take on the world of product development. When it comes to technology, sometimes it can be hard to distinguish reality from parody. Was Peeple, the “Yelp for people” app, a joke or real? […]

Objects of Affection: Inventions from our workshops, Episode 3

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Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

Love × Design × Play At our design fiction workshops, strangers pair up to invent their way out of love troubles. It’s a creative card game: You partner up and brainstorm inventions to solve everyday love troubles. You draw up a quick blueprint, and you post it on the wall so we can all imagine the future of love – optimized. These are a few of creations from workshops, including emotional dinnerware, connected underwear, and third-party romantic approval. […]

Objects of Affection: Inventions from our workshops, Episode 2

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Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

As springtime approaches, so does the Future of Love. At our design fiction workshops, strangers pair up to invent their way out of love troubles. They engage Object Solutions’ mode of critical play, and their imagined futures are as funny as they are fearsome. These are a few of their creations, including precoital pinpricks, quality time enforcement, and the foul stench of breakups. Host an Object Solutions workshop of your own. Contact Ernesto or join our mailing list to jump […]

Objects of Affection: Inventions from our workshops, Episode 1

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Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

An optimized romantic future draws irresistibly near. At our design fiction workshops, strangers pair up to invent their way out of love troubles. They engage Object Solutions’ mode of critical play, and their imagined futures are as funny as they are fearsome. These are a few of their creations, including immersive dreams, surveillant clothing and more. Host an Object Solutions workshop of your own. Contact Ernesto or join our mailing list to jump in. Learn more about how it works. […]

Motherboard: Electric Shock Pajamas (and Other Hypothetical Sleep Solutions)

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A Perfect Slumber / Press

Written by Rachel Pick. Originally published on Motherboard. “Welcome to a world of problems, solved.” This is the cultlike slogan of Object Solutions, a “fictional design” studio that provides hyper-specific solutions to everyday annoyances. Headed by artist and designer Ernesto Morales, Object Solutions doesn’t actually mass-produce its inventions, but uses them to prove a satirical point about the design world’s constant reach to solve problems with objects—problems we could solve perfectly well on our own. As […]

How to Design the Future of Love

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Live Appearances / Love, Optimized / Workshops
Object Solutions – Designing the Future of Love – Workshop

We’re looking for people to host and partake in our new workshop series, Designing the Future of Love. Take a look below, and contact Ernesto or join our mailing list to jump aboard. A Workshop of Problems, Solved Perhaps you’re familiar with Object Solutions, your guides to an optimized future. In our workshops, we invite participants to play laboratorians for the evening, envisioning the high-tech future of romantic relationships. Participants dissect romantic challenges and create their own Object Solutions to address them. In […]