HCI design challenge
The task that I am assigned is social organisation & democracy which is separated into sustainability, social justice, active citizen participation, and democracy.
From my perspective , social justice is quite related to the accessibility. One of the main definition of justice is to make sure everyone is capable of access the internet regardless their age, gender and etc.
When we consider to design a new project, the target market is not the only thing we need to take into consideration, the circumstances, people around them, the ability of using computer also should be considered.
In the terms of active citizen participation and democracy, I think it is a causal relationship. If the citizen actively participate in the public event dialogue. As a result of this , the level of democracy could be enhanced. This because they have more agency in this political “community”, they can express their thoughts and expectations to influence the public events. But it also arise the concerns of the technological monopolies. In the terms of public participation, one of our group member mentioned that the most important point which I missed before is the trust issue. It is hard to drive the society to encounter with the new technology in sensitive area( politics, health, finance) without fully trust
All the development of the technology is based on the trust, especially in certain sensitive data area. For addressing this issue, the developers ,the tech companies and the government should provide a comfortable and respectable environment for the users.
Group discussion notes( Many thanks for Kelsey)
Challenge 7: Social Organisation and Democracy.
Focused on using technology and creating products in the future with a wider scope, eg. local to global, including more users, awareness of impacts beyond the user.
Four keys areas: sustainability, social justice, active citizen participation, democracy.
Sustainability: how technology can be used to monitor and manage resources and human impact.
Social justice: closely linked to accessibility. How technology can be used to include more users and be aware of other demographics. Also how technology itself can be accessed by more people.
Active citizen participation: including everybody in the use and development of technology.
Democracy: equal engagement between citizens and authority, eg. technology used to give equal voice to government and citizens.
Basically, how technology should facilitate/consider the human population and environment in the future.
It was a really fun and useful activity, although I was quite stuck with the meaning of the words at the beginning. This because I put too much attention on the definition of the words. For example the words “hear”. My initial interpretation is “using ear to hear”, but after a brief discussion with group members , they interpreted “hear” as everything which can “hear”. For example the smart phone is able to hear, the CCTV is able to hear, the animal is able to hear. Their interpretation do help me to expand the possibilities of my ideas.
The reason why I think in this way is that I restrict myself by the preconceived ideas I possessed before. When I see “hear”, I can only generate an idea which I know before, like hearing aid. It is quite hard for me to jump over my past experience. My usual way to develop an idea is to find different inspirations and then combine them together. However , at the ideation stage, it would be better if we break the conventional rules and embrace any odd stuff to make the ideas "bigger" and "stranger". It is always easier to narrow down an idea instead of expanding them. It is an creative-oriented method, we are not supposed to make it feasible and practical at this stage. Details should be ignored.
Favourite idea of my own
Sentence: Design for training in a bridge using sound with the quality impersonal
It would be a sound project which can respond the different sound according to the place where the user is standing on.
The purpose of this project is to build a better understanding of the structure of the bridge. The different part of the bridge can bear the different weight. By informing them different sound , they can know which part of the bridge would be more fragile that them should put more attention on.
Favourite idea of my table
A training garbage bin in the kitchen which can measure the food waste.
Based on this idea, we changed it to the recycling function. Most of people are not educated appropriately to classify the garbage. we hope this bin can facilitate customers interacting with the garbage bin by applying point system , to make it more competitive.
The most useful part I found from this ideation method is change the characteristics of the idea. we changed the interaction quality to joyful, and we generate a idea which can respond some funny sound like "I don't feel good about this", if the user put the wrong type of garbage into this bin.
Overall, this is a really intuitive method can be used in the ideation stage. it helps me to dissect my idea and put different quality into that. Also this method can be changed easily to fit my personal need by change the keywords.
In my future ideation, I might list all of the keywords which i'm interested in and good at, then to generate a new strange idea.