The aspirational lamp concept collects solar energy, sells it back to the grid, then invests in itself and its owner. What if your furniture had a day job, just like you? What if, when it wasn’t being used, it worked to bring in money to pay for your quality-of-life upgrades?
That’s the idea behind the Aspirational Lamp, a Luxo Jr. style lamp that imagines a future in which the dumb objects around us have almost Pixar-like inner lives.
The Aspirational Lamp is an AI-controlled desk lamp that doesn’t just use electricity, but can collect it, thanks to a built-in solar panel and battery pack. Created by Feild Craddock, Akshay Verma, and Michael-Owen Liston, it’s designed to explore a speculative scenario in which our appliances have intelligence, goals, and—most importantly—the means to act on those goals. When the lamp isn’t being used, it will soak up electricity, which it can then (theoretically) sell back to the power grid. With the money made from that, the Aspirational Lamp is then capable of investing automatically into the stock market, earning itself enough money over time to pay for upgrades and new parts for itself. You can cash your lamp out at any time, however, and if the lamp totally breaks, a check for the lamp’s remaining funds would be automatically mailed to the owner. … (read more)