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Rachel Jacobs,The Prediction Machine, 2015. Photo By Gareth Jones.

The Prediction Machine (2015)

The Prediction Machine is an interactive artwork based on Victorian-era fortune telling machines, hand-powered via a dynamo, and connected to a weather station and a live data feed. The work invites us to become immersed in the act of using an instrument, generating data, and observing the changing weather. The machine predicts ‘moments of climate change’ that we might experience in the future – from snow on a summer’s day to three months of drought. Predictions are presented as short video messages from the future. The experience concludes with a printout of a ‘climate fortune’ we can take away and keep.