Futuristic Autobiographies: Weaving Participant Narratives to Elicit Values around Robots

Eunjeong Cheon, Norman Makoto Su

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Abstract

In this paper, we motivate and introduce Futuristic Autobiographies, a method inspired by design fiction for eliciting values and perspectives on the future of technologies from participants such as users, designers, and researchers. Futuristic autobiographies are the creative work of the researchers and participants. Grounded in empirical and background work, researchers pose several stories involving the participant as a character about a future state with robots. Participants are then asked to weave fictional autobiographies to explain what led to this future state. Via a case study in which futuristic autobiographies were used with 23 roboticists, we detail the process involved in developing and implementing this method. When futuristic autobiographies are employed and carefully crafted from background research, they allow informants to speak for themselves on how their practices and values are intertwined now and in the future. We highlight both the benefits and challenges of futuristic autobiographies as a way to elicit rich stories about values. We argue that futuristic autobiographies are a promising addition to the current qualitative methods toolkit used in HRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHRI 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages388-397
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781450349536
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 26 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2018 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2018Mar 8 2018

Publication series

NameACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
ISSN (Electronic)2167-2148

Conference

Conference13th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago
Period3/5/183/8/18

Keywords

  • Design fiction
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Qualitative methods
  • Value sensitive design

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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