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Rudiments 1, 2 & 3: design speculations on autonomy

Helmes, John and Taylor, Alex S. and Cao, Xiang and Höök, Kristina and Schmitt, Peter and Villar, Nicolas (2011) Rudiments 1, 2 & 3: design speculations on autonomy. In: Proceedings of the fifth international conference on Tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction, 23-26 Jan 2011, Funchal, Portugal.

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Official URL: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1935701.1935730

Abstract

This work describes the design process and installation of three speculative, rudimentary machines, or rudiments. Through careful iterations in their design, the rudiments are intended to provoke curiosity and discussion around the possibility of autonomy in interactive systems. The design of the rudiments is described in detail, alongside the design decisions that were made to suggest a machine autonomy and to provoke discussion. Some preliminary reflections from installing the rudiments in two separate households are also reported. Widely divergent opinions of the rudiments from the two households are used to discuss a number of themes for thinking about autonomy and interactive systems design. Overall, the presented work adopts a perspective strongly oriented towards guiding future research, but, importantly, aims to do so by opening up and exposing the design possibilities rather than constraining them.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:autonomy, social robots, speculative design
ID Code:5108
Deposited By:Vicki Carleson
Deposited On:20 Dec 2011 15:43
Last Modified:20 Dec 2011 15:43

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