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more than human centred design: considering other things

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of connected devices with inputs and outputs operating in, and on, the physical world. The network is simultaneously fed by, and feeds into, data streams flowing across digital-physical boundaries, connecting sensors, servers, actuators, devices, and people. ‘Things’ of all types, lightbulbs, doorbells, kettles and cars, discretely-but-visibly do their jobs. Meanwhile in the unseen digital domain, where data swirls imperceptible to humans, the atmosphere is thick with the rapidly-moving data packets and content that constitute inter-machine chatter. Contrasting the visible calm in the physical world with obscured bedlam in the digital otherworld sets the scene for the argument I will discuss in this talk of moving towards a more than human centred approach to the design of the IoT. In order to illustrate this in practice I will use speculative design to illustrate that by applying Object Orientated Ontology, IoT designers may reimagine data, devices, and users, as equally significant actants within constellations with the aim of producing IoT objects and services that are more transparent as to the values of their creators.

External organisation (External collaborations)

NameThe Victoria University of Wellington