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oday, human sociality is affected by devices subtly designed to program behaviors and profile citizens.

This book contains over 250 selected patents that the artist Paolo Cirio found by sifting through over 20,000 inventions he published on the website The artist organized the patents into chapters such as Discrimination, Polarization, Addiction, Deception, Targeting, Control, and Surveillance. With this artwork, Cirio exposes inventions that employ devious psychological and profiling tactics through artificial intelligence, algorithms, data mining, and user interfaces.

As artistic provocation, the Coloring Book of Technology for Social Manipulation proposes the cathartic, childlike exercise of coloring to both educate and inform through the visually rendered compositions of outlined flowcharts and patent titles.

Artists’ Book


— The Coloring Book of Technology for Social Manipulation

by Paolo Cirio

Publisher self-published
Edition 1st edition
Release Date 2018
Artist: Paolo Cirio
ISBN-13: 9780359294039
Subform Coloring Book
Topics Addiction, Algorithms, Deception, Discrimination, Interfaces, Internet, Patents, Polarization, Social Media, Surveillance, Technology
Language English
Format Paperback
Binding Perfect Binding
Dimensions 8.5 × 11.0 inch
Weight 2.0 lbs
Individual Sections 7
Pages 308