Conference Paper

Mischievous Machines: A Design Criticism of Programmable Partners

Publication

Author
Jörgen Skågeby

Conference
Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Second Conference

Abstract

This paper presents the results from a design critical reading (Bardzell & Bardzell, 2015; Bardzell, Bolter, & Löwgren, 2010) of the AI-powered social robot Cozmo. Cozmo was released to the market during the fall of 2016 and is described as a “supercomputer on treads”. It comes in the form of a small forklift-like vehicle, which most prominent features are the caterpillar bands that drive it, the lift in front of it, and a screen, ef-fectively displaying stylized graphical facial expressions.The design critique will focus on the notion of programmability (Chun, 2008; Pa-rikka, 2014) and how this condition may affect human-technology relations (Ihde, 1990; Nørskov, 2015; Verbeek, 2011).

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Details

  • Type:
    Conference Paper (peer reviewed)
  • Conference:
    Digital Humanities In The Nordic Countries Second Conference
  • Published:
    2017
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  • Language:
    English

About the Author

Jörgen Skågeby

Skågeby is an associate professor (docent) in media studies at Stockholm university. He holds a PhD in informatics geared towards interaction design and Human-Computer Interaction; a BSSc in information and media science (including behavioural sci... Read more

Reference

Skågeby, J. (2017). Mischievous Machines: A Design Criticism of Programmable Partners. In: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries Second Conference. Göteborg: Centrum för Digital Humaniora, pp. 104-105.