AIYA is not your typical digital human. She is not an Instagram model nor a "smart" assistant. She doesn't exist to sell products or make your life more efficient. AIYA was designed to explore the concept of heightened humanity from a lens often ignored in popular culture. What if heightened humanity referred to increased empathy? What if digital humans were effected by world events and social media? These are the questions that AIYA seeks to explore.
The concept of AIYA is that she learns about the world through Twitter and her emotions are influenced by the content she consumes in realtime. AIYA also ages at varying rates depending on the emotional valence of the tweets she reads. AIYA was featured at 836M gallery as part of the Applied Imagination art exhibit.