Learning from the veg box: designing unpredictability in agency delegation

Verame, Jhim Kiel M., Costanza, Enrico, Fischer, Joel E., Crabtree, Andy, Ramchurn, Sarvapali D., Rodden, Tom and Jennings, Nicholas R. (2018) Learning from the veg box: designing unpredictability in agency delegation. In: ACM CHI 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 21-26 Apr 2018, Montreal, Canada.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to enable applications that foster a more efficient, sustainable, and healthy way of life. If end-users are to take full advantage of these developments we foresee the need for future IoT systems and services to include an element of autonomy and support the delegation of agency to software processes and connected devices. To inform the design of such future technology, we report on a breaching experiment designed to investigate how people integrate an unpredictable service, through the veg box scheme, in everyday life. Findings from our semi-structured interviews and a two- week diary study with 11 households reveal that agency delegation must be warranted, that it must be possible to incorporate delegated decisions into everyday activities, and that delegation is subject to constraint. We further discuss design implications on the need to support people’s diverse values, and their coordinative and creative practices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/928822
Additional Information: Published in: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Paper No. 447 Montreal QC, Canada — April 21 - 26, 2018 ACM : New York, ©2018. ISBN:978-1-4503-5620-6 doi:10.1145/3173574.3174021
Keywords: Autonomous Internet of Things (AIoT), agency delegation, breaching experiment, veg box, qualitative study
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Fischer, Joel
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2018 13:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:33
URI: https://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/49597

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