Some notes on the design of "world machines"

Light, Ann, Brereton, Margot, & Roe, Paul (2015) Some notes on the design of "world machines". In Carter, M., Gibbs, M.J., Smith, W., Vetere, F., & Ploderer, B. (Eds.) Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction on - OzCHI '15, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., Melbourne, Vic, pp. 289-293.

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We offer the idea of world machines as a new archetype for systems that draw together computational powers to connect, sense and infer with a social agenda of crossworld collaboration. This archetype builds on existing socio-technical systems with global reach, to raise the profile of tools that maintain a collaborative agenda and resist a tendency towards networks as giant surveillance and marketing devices. We use the case study of designing a bio-acoustic observatory to consider key characteristics and challenges for this thought experiment. We highlight systems to empower better human nature in line with the conference theme of being human. The paper asks how technical tools can be both ecological and enchanting, to present a positive model of development and prompt transformation towards lived understanding of custodianship, cooperation and co-created resilience. In doing so, we consider a way that technology can support the future of resource-management, counterbalancing its own resource-hungry nature.

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ID Code: 97551
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bio-acoustics, Bird-watching, Cooperation, Custodian, Ecology, Environment, Inference, Networks, Sensing, Sharing, Utopian
DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838832
ISBN: 9781450336734
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 ACM
Deposited On: 21 Jul 2016 01:34
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2016 22:40

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