pplkpr clip

Publication Title
Publication/Creation Date
June 16 2016
Pplkpr (creator)
Lauren McCarthy (creator)
Kyle McDonald (creator)
The Frank-Ratchye Studio For Creative Inquiry (contributor)
Carnegie Mellon University (contributor)
Eyebeam Art And Technology Center (contributor)
Media Type
Persuasive Intent
pplkpr is an art project and experiment, probing the idea of automated social conditioning. It is an application that tracks, analyzes, and auto-manages your relationships. Using a smartwatch pplkpr monitors your physical and emotional response to the people around you, and optimizes your social life accordingly.

pplkpr uses GPS and a heart rate wristband to keep track of when you're coming and going, and when you're feeling emotional. pplkpr implements a complex metric called "heart rate variability" that uses subtle changes in heart rhythm to determine your emotional state. This data is correlated with the people you interact with to determine who should be auto-scheduled into your life and who should be removed.

pplkpr was created by Lauren McCarthy and Kyle McDonald to explore the implications of quantified living for relationships. Who owns the data created between two people, what if it is captured and used? What if algorithms could understand our relationships and make better interpersonal decisions than we can ourselves?
HCI Platform
Discursive Type
Location on Body
Finger, Hand, Wrist

Date archived
March 24 2017
Last edited
March 8 2020
How to cite this entry
Pplkpr, Lauren McCarthy, Kyle McDonald. (June 16 2016). "pplkpr clip". Fabric of Digital Life. https://fabricofdigitallife.com/index.php/Detail/objects/1922