(2018) | Concept for an internet-of-things confession and guilt-elimination device

Collective of small devices (14x14x10cm) connected through the internet.

Abolish the guilt that is tormenting you by putting your finger into this device. As soon as you do this, a signal will go off on all other devices around the world, inviting people to join in. During the next minute, by putting their finger into their device as well and pushing one of two buttons, these people will decide how you shall be relieved of your guilt.

If the majority chooses to push the SENTENCE button, the lights on your station will go red and a harmless but unpleasant electrical shock will hit your finger. You can now rest assured and consider your guilt abolished: you were punished and you are guilt-free.

If the majority pushes the EXONERATE button, the lights on your station go white. You’re free. You have been absolved; you are instantly relieved of your guilt and you will not be punished. Instead, two of the people who voted are randomly selected and will undergo the punishment for you.

Technical notes: If nobody answers a station’s call, the station itself will decide and vote. In case of exoneration, these stations also take part in the random selection. People and stations voting in favor of sentencing have a 2:1 higher chance of being selected for punishment in case you’re exonerated.