Design and ethics of product impact on user behavior and use practices

Steven Dorrestijn

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Smart technologies and progressive automation raise questions concerning the use of such technologies. The design challenge to enhance usability cannot be seen apart from the broader societal, and ethical concern of how technologies are accommodated in a way of living. The designer’s tinkering to improve usability, is therefore an ethically relevant practice, as is the consumers engagement with new technologies. Explicit consideration and design of product impact can help to improve the accommodation of technology. The ethical problem of product impact and freedom is treated by elaborating that product impact not so much infringes on freedom but provokes specific forms of freedom.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationWorkshops proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments
EditorsM. Schneider, A. Kröner
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-60750-056-8
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2009 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 20 Jul 200921 Jul 2009

Publication series

NameAmbient intelligence and smart environments
PublisherIOS Press


Conference5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments, IE 2009
Other20-21 July 2009


  • METIS-259685
  • IR-85510

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