This proposal aims to create a collaborative working environment between humans and
machines that promotes creativity and imagination instead of automation and control. According to Amazon’s labor model, workers are assigned “dry” repetitive tasks, while their performance is constantly monitored and evaluated. This vision of labor -that treats human workers as machines, and the actual machines as diligent assistants- is counterproductive,since it does not take advantage of the full potential of inherent human’s and machine’s skills.

Humans have an inherent intuition that is directly related to the physical world that surrounds them. On the other hand, current technological advancements have reached an enormous amount of computational power, enabling machines to develop their own intelligence. By combining these two features –human intuition and computational intelligence- a new vision for working environments of the future can be created.

This proposal examines the case of a construction workspace, where the workers collaborate with the machines in a two-way creative learning process that incrementally leads to the on-site fabrication of a physical structure. Human workers use their intuition in order to form a malleable material into their desired design. The computer scans their design -by using Amazons imaging devices, RFID tags and the ultrasonic bracelet that workers wear while making- and creates a digital model of it. After evaluating the designed piece and the existing structure, it proposes to the worker further design steps using Amazons multi-surface projection system. When the worker chooses one of the design options, gives a signal to Amazon’s mobile robot to pick and place the formed piece precisely into the existing structure.

In this scenario, workers and machines collaborate creatively in all stages of the design and construction process bringing forward qualities that have been ignored in Amazon’s vision, such as intuition, creativity, and intelligence.