Ethics and power dynamics in playful technology for animals: using speculative design to provoke reflection

French, Fiona, Hirsky-Douglas, Ilyena, Väätäjä, Heli, Chisik, Yoram, Karl, Sabrina, Kasuga, Haruka, Mangat, Mandeep, Nannoni, Eleonora, Paci, Patrizia, Pons Tomas, Patricia, Vilker, Dana and Zamansky, Anna (2021) Ethics and power dynamics in playful technology for animals: using speculative design to provoke reflection. In: Academic Mindtrek 2021, 1-3 June 2021, Tampere, Finland (virtual).

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Technology (digital or otherwise) is a great enabler; it bridges gaps and opens doors and, in the process, alters the reality within which it and its users exist. As technology aimed at non-human animals is becoming commonplace, questions about its efficacy and the ethical implications of its use are becoming ever more pertinent. To explore these issues, we conducted a workshop in which speculative design was used as a means of debating ways through which play, a widespread phenomenon across animal species, can be used as a tool for enabling interspecies communication. We describe the context for this discussion, the methods used, and present a set of speculative designs that illustrate aspects of ethics, equality, and appropriate play in order to provoke further reflection and discussion.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Animal-Computer Interaction, ethics, power dynamics, speculative design, co-design, participatory speculation, user characteristics, Interaction Design, social and professional topics
Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 740 Drawing & decorative arts
Department: School of Computing and Digital Media
Depositing User: Fiona French
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 12:06
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2024 14:26


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