Post-human interaction design, yes, but cautiously

Jelle van Dijk*

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Post-human design runs the risk of obscuring the fact that AI technology actually imports a Cartesian humanist logic, which subsequently influences how we design and conceive of so-called 'smart' or 'intelligent' objects. This leads to unwanted metaphorical attributions of human qualities to 'smart objects'. Instead, starting from an 'embodied sensemaking' perspective, designers should demand of engineers to radically transform the very structure of AI technology, in order to truly support critical posthuman values of collectivity, relationality and community building.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2020 Companion
Subtitle of host publicationCompanion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781450379878
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2020
Event2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 6 Jul 202010 Jul 2020


Conference2020 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2020
Abbreviated titleDIS


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Post-humanism
  • Smart objects


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