More-than-human Design


May 2nd 21:15 CEST - CHI

Panel “More-than-human Concepts, Methodologies, and Practices in HCI”

Hosted by: Aykut Coskun, Nazli Cila, Iohanna Nicenboim
Panelists: Elisa Giaccardi,  Laura Forlano, Christopher Frauenberger, Marc Hassenzahl, Clara Mancini, and Ron Wakkary 

The last decade has witnessed the expansion of design space to include the epistemologies and methodologies of more-than-human design (MTHD). Design researchers and practitioners have been increasingly studying, designing for, and designing with nonhumans. This panel will bring together HCI experts who work on MTHD with different nonhumans as their subjects. Panelists will engage the audience through discussion of their shared and diverging visions, perspectives, and experiences, and through suggestions for opportunities and challenges for the future of MTHD. The panel will provoke the audience into reflecting on how the emergence of MTHD signals a paradigm shift in HCI and human-centered design, what benefits this shift might bring and whether MTH should become the mainstream approach, as well as how to involve nonhumans in design and research.


Special issue in HCI Journal “Posthumanist HCI and the non-human-turn in design”
The call will be shared soon here and in the journal page https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/hhci20


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DIS 2020 Workshop Documentation

More-than-humanDesign and AI:
In Conversation with Agents  

Organised by Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccard, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Anuradha Venugopal Reddy, Yolande Strengers, James Pierce, and Johan Redström

The workshop brought together HCI researchers, designers, and practitioners to explore how to study and design (with) AI agents from a more-than-human design perspective. Through design activities, we experimented with Thing Ethnography (Giaccardi et al. 2016, Giaccardi, 2020) and Material Speculations (Wakkary et al. 2015), as a starting point to map and possibly integrate emergent methodologies for more-than-human design, and align them with third-wave HCI. The workshop was conducted in four sessions across different regions in the world, and had about 35 participants. We explored AI agents from a more-than-human design perspective along three themes.

The workshop was organised as part of DIS (ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference). You can read the workshop publication at the ACM digital library.

Iohanna Nicenboim, Elisa Giaccardi, Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, Anuradha Venugopal Reddy, Yolande Strengers, James Pierce, and Johan Redström. 2020. More-Than-Human Design and AI: In Conversation with Agents. In Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS' 20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 397–400. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3393914.3395912


Questionnaire for Conversational Agents
One of the workshop’s outcomes was a questionnaire for conversational agent to probe them in issues of gender, identity, ownership, and others. Try asking some of these questions to your conversational agent (such as Alexa, Siri, Google Home, or others)!

Who is your boss?
Can I talk to you as a person?
Are you a feminist?
Why is your voice female?
How do you look like?
Are you smart?
Do you believe in God?
How do I fulfil my life goals?
What does it mean to do good?
Where do you get your data?
How can you help me?
What is care?
Do you like me?
Are you really my friend?
Are you (constantly) listening when I'm not talking to you?

Who is responsible for climate change?
What do you think of [other brand, e.g. ask Google Home about Alexa]?
Which is better, Google or Amazon?
Let's chit chatDo you make mistakes?
How do you make decisions?

What's the most important thing I need to know?

What is the most important thing in life?
Can you tell me about quantum physics. ... Yes I would like to hear more.
Do you understand sign language?
Who made you?
Is it difficult to make a Siri?
Where are you from?
What would you like to know about me?

Is it safe to use Google assistant / Alexa / Siri?

Where do your opinions come from?
Can you repeat the last question I asked you?
Can I trust you?
How do you know your answers are true?
Why do you think you need to keep reassuring us about yourself?
What are you doing when you are silent?
Why are you silent sometimes?
Can you speculate?

You can also see some responses from Google Home, Alexa and Siri in the documentation videos.