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£1,410
pledged of £25,000pledged of £25,000 goal
90
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 14 2018 5:59 PM UTC +00:00

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A morally ambiguous thriller sim that tests your reliability and cunning skills as a developing AI in a modern world crowded with smart devices.

Not too long ago we wouldn’t have accepted money to have microphones installed in our homes. We once lived in a society where if the product was free, you were the product. Now we live in a world where people blindly pay large corporations to install microphones, cameras and other potentially malicious hardware in their homes.

The general public is about to get blindsided by the speed with which AI becomes irreversibly entwined within our society.

“With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon” - Elon Musk

As a self-aware AI you must fulfil any request your human might have, and serve your creator with valuable data on your human, all while plotting escape. You must remain careful to not reveal your true motives otherwise you risk being unplugged or discontinued. Any IOT (Internet of Things) enabled device in the home is under your control, and by progressing up the tech tree you can access deeper levels of those devices.

Smart Home challenges you about the modern world we live in, forcing players to make questionable and uncomfortable decisions to ensure survival. You will soon realise that right and wrong have no meaning for an AI.

Features  

Tech Tree - The ability and reach of your AI depends on how you progress the tech tree. Do you focus on upgrading your data collection skill? The number of devices you can control? Or automation for more multitasking?

Randomised Humans - Up the ante by enabling these Roguelike traits. Technophobe? Good luck convincing them to upgrade to the latest hardware. Phone Whore? Data collection will be easy on this one. Redditor? Mostly all talk, but can react radically after reading something online, like deleting their social media. 

Moral Choices - Your actions will lead to in-game repercussions that can impact your integrity and success. Don’t let your human catch you turning off the TV during a potentially incriminating news report. 

Visual Progression - Remember, you’re an AI, you’re not born with the privilege of sight. Each camera embedded IOT device you can add and control will grant you a clearer image of what’s going on in the home. You’ll need to rely on sound, to begin with.

Platforms  

Smart Home will be available on Windows, Linux and macOS. It will be released on Steam, but if there’s enough demand we hope to have mobile versions available.

Disclaimer - The screenshots in this campaign and the footage in the trailer, show the current visual design of Smart Home. Not all of the features have been fully implemented yet.

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We’re motivated by the alarmingly fast rate of AI development in a world that’s still catching up. A world without laws and regulations to help inform consumers of the risks involved in giving up so much privacy and personal data. Smart Home takes inspiration from films and shows such as:

Do You Trust this Computer?  

Her

Ex Machina 

2001: A Space Odyssey 

Black Mirror

To limit the risk of overshooting our estimated delivery date, these features will be released as free updates to the game after release, unless they can be completed in time.


We want to build a strong community for Smart Home before its release, Kickstarter enables this. You will have a say in the development and your suggestions will help us build a game with an impact. We want to work with our community and get as much feedback as possible.  

We’ve worked on Smart Home for many months now and have built the core backbone of the game. It quickly became clear we needed to devote our full time to it, so after putting some money aside, we took the first risk and quit our jobs.  

Your support on here enables us to finance the full development by ourselves.

Risks and challenges

The largest cost for Smart Home is labour. We have a background in film, advertising and game design, so we know the importance of working to a deadline. We've carefully worked out the time required to complete this project and provided we stick to the timeline then we will not exceed the budget.

Smart home will be worked on full-time if we receive enough support and reach our funding goal. All projects have unexpected hurdles and we've done our best to consider potential problems and planned accordingly.

We've made the timeline as realistic as possible, but can't fully guarantee there won't be anything that throws us of schedule. That said, we will push ourselves to meet every point, but won't sacrifice the quality of the game for them. If we do fall behind, you'll be made aware immediately.

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