Video: Mask Unmasked

ABSTRACT: “Mask Unmasked” is a speculative fiction that serves to complicate the idealist vision of transhumanism. The video explores a scenario where an expensive and biologically-dangerous computer-brain integration—or neurolace—has become a common reality in the United States. This new technology promises enhanced human intellect but at what cost? Until graduation, high school youth are forced to wear masks, a precursor to the neurolace implant. They hack their assigned masks to ensure privacy, informational access, and augmented reality without corporate and privatized invasiveness.

The project explores the myths, philosophies and social impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is a result of critical research into how technologies will influence education and youth.  In this process we also developed a future pedagogical model centered around humanity.


Javiera Arenas, Amanda Astorga, & Erica Kermani


Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design

Development of Concept

Over time I think we will probably see a closer merger of biological intelligence and digital intelligence. – Elon Musk

The creative journey began with our team mapping our interests in parallel with research demystifying  artificial intelligence. Philosophical examination from Heidegger, Aristotle, and Socrates were also part of the grounding ideologies in the project. Our desk research eventually brought us to an intriguing conversation of transhumanism by Tesla and Space X founder, Elon Musk.  

Brainstorming  Our Team's Interest

Brainstorming Our Team's Interest

Articulating a capitalist economy into a Gift Economy

During our research, we not only explored the impact of emergent technologies, but samples of systemic intersections in which humanity stands. Inventing the Future: Post Capatilism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams was sample literature to ground our concept. The path towards a gift economy informs a new pedagogical model for youth.

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New Pedagogy Model: Technology Paradox

New Pedagogy Model

Ideation Phase

During the ideation phase of the process we grappled with ideas through sketching, material tinkering, prototyping, role playing, creative writing, storyboarding, narrative design, filming, and video editing. We were enthused about all the concepts and the most challenging part was choosing one idea. Narrowing done our idea came to our individual strengths and ideating only one scenerio.


Designing the Scenerio



AI Masks

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