Difficulty Level:Design Phase:
Blackmirror brainstorming helps us guard against the negative effects of our goals by giving us a clear understanding of how our product could be misused. The outcome of this exercise is to more clearly define our anti-goals.
Framework of ethics used
Participants: Groups of 3–4 people (eg. designers)
Materials Needed: Blackmirror Brainstorming Template, ideas
The exercise breaks down into four sections: the brainstorm, quotes, plot points, and the poster.
- brainstorm: write down some of your ideas for what might go wrong. Here are a few areas to help frame your activity: Economic Issues: could we enable bad faith actors to prey on vulnerable groups? Politics: could a corrupt government could use this info to identify and target dissidents? Social Issues: could our product reinforce already-present societal divides?
- quotes : quotes people in the episode might say. It can also be things people say about the episode after watching it.
- Plot Points: Plot points are helpful in describing how this bad situation comes to pass. They’re the substance of the story. Consider these four as a starting point:
- The characters: who’s going to be affected
- The setup: the well-intended idea
- The problem: how the well-intended idea goes wrong
- TThe effect: how the idea going wrong affects people
- The poster : commuincate the big idea to your group.
Joshua Mauldin. 2018. Black Mirror brainstorms — a product design exercise. https://uxdesign.cc/black-mirror-brainstorms-f919ccf5938c