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Mental Privacy within a Digital Age


Who is this application task for?


The application task on this page is a must for all Swedish Government-funded and International fee-paying applicants who are planning to apply for one of our full-time diploma programs at Hyper Island Sweden in 2024. Take a moment to explore the context, the task, and the instructions. And most importantly, remember to enjoy the process!


Swedish Government-funded applicants: April 15th, 2024

International applicants: April 15th, 2024



Swedish Government Funded Seats Available.



This year's Application Task revolves around the critical intersection of AI and mental privacy. AI has the potential to both harm and contribute to humans' mental privacy and well-being. We are seeking innovative thinkers who can address this challenge and contribute to personal and societal well-being.


Identify an issue or opportunity related to AI in relation to mental privacy. Explain how this type of AI could potentially harm or help humans' mental privacy and well-being. Additionally, consider how the industry related to the first priority program you aim to study within can offer insights into addressing this issue at both the personal and societal levels.


Start by identifying your Definition of Mental Privacy.  What does Mental Privacy mean to you personally? Has your perception of mental privacy changed over time? If so, are there any pros and cons related to this? Consider the Role of AI in relation to your definition of mental privacy. Examine the possibilities and potential consequences of AI in relation to your definition of mental privacy. Consider how AI might impact our culture and ethical perspectives of mental privacy.


Application Instruction

Follow these steps based on your understanding of mental privacy and the role of AI.

Step 1

Select an issue or opportunity regarding AI and mental privacy. Clearly describe it and include real-life examples if possible. Discuss potential negative consequences or benefits for individuals and society derived from this issue or opportunity.

Step 2

Propose an effective strategy or solution aimed at preserving mental privacy in relation to your identified issue or opportunity. 

Step 3

Discuss your personal perspective on the issue or opportunity and how your academic or career goals align with addressing it. Explain how the first priority program you plan to study can contribute to the proposed solution, drawing insights from the program's curriculum or our website's program page.

Step 4

Make sure to include what your process was to reach your suggested strategy or solution.
For example: How did you come up with your idea? Did you test it or get feedback? Where did the idea have shortcomings? How did you refine it? 

Helpful Resources and tips

Curious to learn about the key things to remember while managing the Application Task?
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You will present your task in a maximum 3-minute video, audio clip, or creative presentation submitted within the application form.


The task has to be submitted in English.

We do not accept text files, regardless of it being PDF or word document. Check out an example here.

We accept the following file types: JPG, PNG, PDF, MP3, AIF, MOV or MP4.

You only need to submit one response to the Application Task, even if you’re applying to several programs. If you are applying to several programs you are allowed to connect your response to all programs you’re applying for. However, it is only required to connect it to the first priority program, even if you’re applying to several programs.

You can use ChatGPT and other resources to help you reach your final submission. If you do then you will need to explain within your submission why and how you utilized the chosen resource. This includes presenting what prompts you used and what response you received, along with how you worked with it to make it your own. 

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Your Application Task is reviewed and scored out of a total of 10 points in four categories: Basics, Innovation, Communication, and Presentation.


  • Basics: How well you followed the instructions  4 points
  • Innovation: The feasibility and originality of your idea I 2 points
  • Communication: How effectively you present your idea for easy understanding I 2 points
  • Presentation: Clear and understandable submission, such as language, images, sound, etc. We are not asking you to be a video or audio guru I 2 points
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Preview an example of a creative presentation, showcasing one of our approved submission formats. You also have the option to submit your Application Task response in the form of a video or audio file.


Link to the presentation

If you feel stuck, take some time to review these valuable tips and tricks for inspiration.
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Check if your idea already exists. If it does, add your own USP and make sure to elevate your idea to make it your own. We will review many ideas, does your stand out?


Suggest how different groups, like governments, tech companies, and regular people, can work together to make your idea work. Explain what's good about your ideas and any problems they might bring. Be fair and show both sides.


Use facts, numbers, and examples to back up your ideas and show they really work.


Connecting your response to your first priority program only will not impact your chances of getting accepted into a program of lower priority.


Encouraging or promoting discrimination of any group of people is not allowed. Such submissions will receive a score of 0 and the application will be rejected.


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Privacy concerns in modern society can significantly affect our mental well-being. The constant data collection and tracking, coupled with the awareness that our information is always susceptible to being collected and tracked, can lead to heightened stress and a pervasive feeling of never truly achieving complete privacy. Today, data collection and tracking are common through various means, such as web cookies, location services, health monitoring in smartwatches, video surveillance, digital payments, and numerous other methods. Our every move is subject to monitoring and tracking.

  • check How much data collection and tracking should we allow in society? When does it become too much?
  • check Are we considering the pros and cons of monitoring and tracking everything we do, or have we accepted that this is how life is now?
  • check What about Artificial Intelligence (AI), and its possibility to read our minds based on collecting data and tracking our personal dreams, thoughts, routines, relationships, etc. 
  • check How can we protect our mental privacy once this is introduced on a mass level and our data is collected and processed in ways we couldn’t even imagine before?
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