Our Friends Electric: Reflections on Advocacy and Design Research for the Voice Enabled Internet

Jon Rogers, Loraine Clarke, Martin Skelly, Nick Taylor, Peter Thomas, Michelle Thorne, Solana Larsen, Katarzyna Odrozek, Julia Kloiber, Peter Bihr, Anab Jain, Jon Arden, Max von Grafenstein

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    Abstract

    Emerging technologies—such as the voice enabled internet—present many opportunities and challenges for HCI research and society as a whole. Advocating for better, healthier implementations of these technologies will require us to communicate abstract values, such as trust, to an audience that ranges from the general public to technologists and even policymakers. In this paper, we show how a combination of film-making and product design can help to illustrate these abstract values. Working as part of a wider international advocacy campaign, Our Friends Electric focuses on the voice enabled internet, translating abstract notions of Internet Health into comprehensible digital futures for the relationship between our voice and the internet. We conclude with a call for designers of physical things to be more involved with the development of trust, privacy and security in this powerful emerging technological landscape.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
    Pages1-12
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781450359702
    ISBN (Print)9781450359702
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
    EventCHI 2019: Weaving the Threads of CHI - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019
    https://chi2019.acm.org/

    Publication series

    NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

    Conference

    ConferenceCHI 2019
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityGlasgow
    Period4/05/199/05/19
    Internet address

    Keywords

    • Advocacy
    • Critical design
    • Design research
    • Film
    • Internet
    • Internet of things
    • Product design
    • Speculative design
    • Voice

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