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Design for existential crisis

Light, Ann, Shklovski, Irina and Powell, Alison (2017) Design for existential crisis. In: Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '17. Association for Computing Machinery, New York, USA, pp. 722-734. ISBN 9781450346566

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Identification Number: 10.1145/3027063.3052760

Abstract

What should designers do with their design skills and orientation to the future as right-wing populism sweeps through politics; climate predictions worsen; mass migration (within/across countries) escalates refugee numbers; new classes of automation threaten workers’ jobs and austerity policies destabilize society? What is to be done when it isn’t “business as usual” and even broken concepts of progress seem no longer to be progressing? In this paper, we discuss aspects of humanity, such as the need for meaning, fulfillment, dignity and decency, which computers struggle to support but can easily undermine. We juxtapose design that offers hope with that which offers only distraction and conclude with a plea to avoid Bovine Design, or tools that encourage passivity, rote-behavior and a blinkered existence at a time of great uncertainty and change. The big question that alt-chi can ask for 2017 is: What is good design for existential crisis?

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: https://www.acm.org/
Additional Information: © 2017 Association for Computing Machinery
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2017 13:28
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2019 00:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82983

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