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Homes For Life: A Design Fiction Probe

Schulte, BF; Marshall, P; Cox, AL; (2016) Homes For Life: A Design Fiction Probe. In: Björk, S and Eriksson, E and Fjeld, M and Bødker, S and Barendregt, W and Obaid, M, (eds.) NordiCHI '16: Proceedings of the 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM): New York, NY, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper introduces the concept of 'design fiction probes', critical narratives to elicit open-ended responses from potential future users of proposed technologies. Inspired and guided by academic literature, such a fictional narrative allows the reader to explore potential consequences of the use of technologies before they actually exist. The method is illustrated by a design fiction on the topic of smart houses and their potential applications for chronic conditions, such as dementia. Based on constant monitoring and automated responses, these technologies have been criticized on ethical grounds. As these devices are not yet widely commercially available, little is known about their real-world impact. By bringing together what is known to write a fictional account from acquisition to end of use, the design fiction can be used both for research or the design process. Potential uses are presented within this paper.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Homes For Life: A Design Fiction Probe
Event: 9th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI '16)
Location: Chalmers Univ Technol, Dept of Appl Informat Technol, Gothenburg, SWEDEN
Dates: 23 October 2016 - 27 October 2016
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1145/2971485.2993925
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2971485.2993925
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors 2016. Publication rights licensed to ACM.
Keywords: Dementia, smart home technology; design fiction
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1533222
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