Our Friends Electric: reflections on advocacy and design research for the voice enabled internet

Jon Rogers*, Loraine Clarke, Martin Skelly, Nick Taylor, Pete 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 publicationProceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019)
PublisherACM
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781450359702
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
EventCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) - Glasgow
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

Conference

ConferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19

Keywords

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

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