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Designing More-Than-Human Futures

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


This talk responds to contemporary design contexts that contain complex interdependences of human and non-human actants who operate from their own independent perspectives creating the need for More-Than-Human Centred Design. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things represents such a design contexts and are indicative of this complexity in that the interdependent ‘things’ within such networks could be humans, toasters, algorithms, data, business models, etc., all of which operate from their own distinct perspectives. The potential economic benefits of these emerging and future technologies is ultimately linked to their adoption and acceptability by a majority of potential users. However, the processes that drive adoption and acceptability are rare considerations for research into emerging and future technologies and are often regarded as someone else’s future work. I will therefore present examples of how approaches such as Speculative Design, Design Fiction, and Experiential Design can be used to consider futures in which the use of such technologies is mundane allowing us to consider potential barriers to adoption before embedded within design patterns and approaches.

External organisation (Academic)

NameUniversity of Siegen