Research-through-design for considering ethical implications in Ambient Intelligence system design: The Growth Plan approach

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    Abstract

    The technologies we use transform our behaviours and experiences. Particularly Ambient Intelligent (AmI) systems, envisioned to integrate extensively, will have a profound influence on our everyday lives. Design of these systems requires considering what kind of influence is desirable. This brings the ethical dimension of Ambient Intelligent system design to the fore. The design research approach presented in this paper is tailored to incorporate these ethical implications of Ambient Intelligent systems in the design process. The approach combines three central themes: advanced technologies, social implications and research-through-design methodology. A three-phase development and evaluation plan, called the Growth plan, is proposed. The first phase, called Incubation, involves highly innovative and explorative concepts, created and tested in short iterative research-through-design cycles. Experienciability is key already in this first phase. In the second phase, the Nursery, AmI concepts are developed to a high level of detail and tested in a controlled lab environment. These experiments allow initial testing on how the AmI system transforms people’s behaviours and experiences. The final phase is the Adoption, in which Ambient Intelligent systems are placed and evaluated in real life contexts. It generates knowledge related to the AmI system’s actual influence on social life (insitu ethical implications). The outcome of this approach is illustrated through the case study of the design an intelligent lamp.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the AISB 2009 convention, Edinburgh, Scotland april 6-9 2009
    Place of PublicationEdinburgh
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventAISB 2009 convention (AISB '09), April 6-9, 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Apr 20099 Apr 2009

    Conference

    ConferenceAISB 2009 convention (AISB '09), April 6-9, 2009, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    Abbreviated titleAISB '09
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityEdinburgh
    Period6/04/099/04/09

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