Phil 6.27.17

HCIC 2017

  • What if Robots designed your next homes (Maya  Cakmak)
    • PR2 robot
    • Homes are designed for people, home tasks are performed for people
    • Are homes of the rich different from the homes of the lower classes?
    • Affordances for robots. Actually means that the home is becoming part of the robot. Like an automated factory. Structure that is needed for robots
    • Hotels and warehouses are intermediate, semi-structured environments that afford robots better
    • What about home gantry robots? With it’s own storage for non=-human tools?
  • Technology- centered design – Amanda Lazar
    • Solutionism – Solves problems before they exist
    • The MAYA principle – Most Advanced yet Acceptable
    • What happens when the technology is explicitly at the center of the design process? Making this explicit opens up some opportunities. Variant of the flying shiny logos problem (Overton window)
    • How things affect you, your family, and people you know in that order
  • Daniel Russel. Unintended consequences. Ramps are one thing, people and cats and dogs are another
  • Lana – what about the schedule of change. Like wiring up houses for networks and then wifi comes along
  • National Robotics Initiative
  • Should robots be designed around current accessibility standards. THen robots can grow out of their disabilities over time?
  • Are we too tied to practices now? Washing machines lead to clothing that survive the washing machines. Ecosystems. What are all the dependencies that need to simultaneously shift?
  • What about friction? And how we deal with slaves?
  • Futures Beyond Design Panel (Brent Hecht, Lilly Irani, Silvia Lindtner, Scott Mainwaring)
    • Brent – Design as an optimization process
      • But externalities! How do we internalize these ideas so that unintended consequences are minimized
      • The great decoupling – computers displace workers
      • Importance of data sets (google’s powers of search are heavily dependent on Wikipedia user sourced data
      • Designing technologies for a world where data creators are compensated in a meaningful way
        • It would be neat if the research browser could do this. Maybe show a ticker that shows a ticker with ‘you would have made $xx’
    • Scott
      • How technological infrastructures are produced?
      • Three-ring-binder project in Maine. Fiber to rural areas. But how does this affect the users? Who are the users and how do we know them? Many misconceptions. Culture can change rapidly but what’s the difference between minority rights, women’s rights and LGBT rights?
    • Sylvia Lindtner
      • Making Cruel Machine Dreams
      • The maker movement (Is this human value add?) References Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody
      • The means of production need to be placed back in the hands of the proletariat?
      • Precarious work as opposed to techno utopianism? Who profits? The 3D printer manufacturers
      • Shenzhen is really a policy experiment. Which concentrated the means of production
    • Lilly
      • When impact requires more than design. The case for crowds.
      • Turkopticon – Turkers reviewing employers in the system.
      • Turker organization – Turker Nation, CloudMeBaby, etc
      • Dynamo: Safe space for turk worker activism (forum with upvoting) – but for precarious labor in general
      • Need to support the understanding of labor laws and have a legal understanding
      • Platform Cooperativism
    • John Zimmerman – Carnage Mellon
      • Won’t the ‘computers will take our jobs’ problem fix itself?
      • Shouldn’t stop us from thinking about how to minimize disruption and pain
      • Lilly – Culture matters in how these technologies are integrated
    • What is an example of a project that embodies these ides
      • Sylvia – civilla
      • Scott – HatchTheFuture.org Facebook’s communities of action??
      • Brent – Machine Learning can be tuned to populations so that it does not have disparate impacts. A chrome plugin that supports selective boycotts.
      • Lilly. Platform Cooperativism. Stockse is a photo collective made by ex Getty people. But what does participatory management look like when there are 10,000 members?
    • How do we do this? How do we engage as academics?
      • Lilly: Who represents the crowdsourcing workers?
      • Brent: Personas vs. Sociatals?
      • How to communicate complex political and social ideas in a easily consumed way
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