Speculative Energy Futures: Post-human Design for the Energy Transition

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Abstract

Our technological landscape is becoming increasingly populated with systems characterized by their distributed intelligence and agency, as well as their networked capabilities. Systems such as these are especially critical in the domain of renewable energy infrastructures. User's access to energy will fluctuate according to the availability of renewable energy sources at that moment, for example: is it sunny or windy, is this a period of peak demand? These distributed systems present critical challenges to existing human-technology practice, expectations, relations, and dynamics. Similarly, they challenge human-centric design paradigms. To address these challenges and leverage the opportunities for designers, we see the need to build competences and methodologies in HCI and design research that extend past human-centered design approaches. In this workshop we will employ speculative design strategies to envision energy infrastructures that are not human-centric. Together we will identify the critical questions and design considerations necessary for facilitating the transition to renewable energies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNordiCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationShaping Experiences, Shaping Society
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450375795
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2020
Event11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020 - Virtual, Online, Estonia
Duration: 25 Oct 202029 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society, NordiCHI 2020
CountryEstonia
CityVirtual, Online
Period25/10/2029/10/20

Keywords

  • Design methodologies
  • Energy Transitions
  • Post-human design
  • Speculative design

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