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'Well-behaved robots rarely make history’: coactive technologies and humanistic HCI
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, JMK.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2053-0933
(English)In: Design and Culture, ISSN 1754-7075, E-ISSN 1754-7083Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

Technologies, equipped with artificial intelligence and an agency of their own, are becoming increasingly available to consumers. Rather than just augmenting human senses or mediating information, these coactive technologies are mobile, pro-active, context-sensitive, programmable and agential in the milieu of the user. This paper illustrates a humanistic HCI approach to coactive technologies by analysing the AI-powered robot Cozmo. The analysis demonstrates how Cozmo 1) remediates fictional characteristics to appear more familiar, emotional and lovable; 2) is both pre-programmed and programmable, creating an interesting tension in its agential spectrum; and 3) is discursively marketed as a cunning, emotional, and non-machinic accomplice.

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humanistic HCI, design criticism, social robots, coactive technologies, human-technology relations, robophilosophy
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Human Aspects of ICT
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-148780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-148780DiVA, id: diva2:1156080
Available from: 2017-11-10 Created: 2017-11-10 Last updated: 2017-11-22

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