Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs

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dc.contributor.author Lawson, Shaun
dc.contributor.author Kirman, Ben
dc.contributor.author Linehan, Conor
dc.contributor.author Feltwell, Tom
dc.contributor.author Hopkins, Lisa
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-13T15:19:21Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-13T15:19:21Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04
dc.identifier.citation Lawson, S., Kirman, B., Linehan, C., Feltwell, T. and Hopkins, L. (2015) 'Problematising Upstream Technology through Speculative Design: The Case of Quantified Cats and Dogs', Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’15, Seoul, Republic of Korea, 18 - 23 April. New York: ACM, pp. 2663-2672. en
dc.identifier.startpage 2663 en
dc.identifier.endpage 2672 en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-4503-3145-6
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/3776
dc.identifier.doi 10.1145/2702123.2702260
dc.description.abstract There is growing interest in technology that quantifies aspects of our lives. This paper draws on critical practice and speculative design to explore, question and problematise the ultimate consequences of such technology using the quantification of companion animals (pets) as a case study. We apply the concept of "moving upstream" to study such technology and use a qualitative research approach in which both pet owners, and animal behavioural experts, were presented with, and asked to discuss, speculative designs for pet quantification applications, the design of which were extrapolated from contemporary trends. Our findings indicate a strong desire among pet owners for technology that has little scientific justification, whilst our experts caution that the use of technology to augment human-animal communication has the potential to disimprove animal welfare, undermine human-animal bonds, and create human-human conflicts. Our discussion informs wider debates regarding quantification technology. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Association for Computing Machinery en
dc.relation.ispartof ACM CHI 2015
dc.rights © ACM 2015. This is the author's version of the work. It is posted here for your personal use. Not for redistribution. The definitive Version of Record was published in Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’15), http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2702123.2702260 en
dc.subject Personal informatics en
dc.subject Critical design en
dc.subject Design fiction en
dc.subject Animal computer interaction en
dc.subject Quantified dog en
dc.title Problematising upstream technology through speculative design: the case of quantified cats and dogs en
dc.type Conference item en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Conor Linehan, Applied Psychology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: conor.linehan@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2017-03-10T11:19:19Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI ’15 en
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dc.internal.conferencelocation Seoul, Republic of Korea en
dc.internal.placepublication New York en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress conor.linehan@ucc.ie en


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