Take Me I'm Yours: Mimicking Object Agency

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This paper speculates, through a design demonstration, upon a future context in which objects will begin to talk to us and even give us instructions. The purpose of the research is to anticipate a time when correlations between the data sets that are associated with different objects are found and the objects themselves are used to impart this ‘new’ knowledge back to us. Such an occasion may be considered to represent a form of agency.
Located within the technical and cultural context of the Internet of Things, this paper introduces a lineage for our relationship with objects from 1. Read Only, 2. Read and Write and 3. Read, Write and Act. The paper proceeds to establish the conditions for a third generation of Internet of Things by articulating the nature of networks, their structure and their capacity to support the principles of Actor-Network Theory which may lead to a condition in which objects may take on a form of agency.
The paper further introduces an iPhone App entitled Take Me I’m Yours that operates as a working but speculative design project mimicking the conditions in which objects may talk to us. The designers speculate a design fiction in which object databases may begin to identify associations and propose ‘actions’ to a user. The application and demonstration at UbiComp 2012 will offer delegates an opportunity to experience a sense of what it may feel like in the future when objects may begin telling us what to do.

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  • 1. Chris Dimension for Digital Architectural Practice Speed & Duncan ShingletonA Social City Social
  • 2. 1. Intro 2. Three paradigms 3. Emergent knowledge and agency definitions 4. Blogjects 5. Methods and habits 6. Take Me I’m YoursA narrative
  • 3. 1. ReadThree Paradigms
  • 4. Three Paradigms
  • 5. 2. Read and WriteThree Paradigms
  • 6. Three Paradigms
  • 7. 3. Emergent KnowledgeThree Paradigms
  • 8. Bleecker says there are three key characteristics of a blogject:1. Blogjects track and trace where they are and where they’ve been;2. Blogjects have self-contained (embedded) histories of theirencounters and experiences3. Blogjects always have some form of agency — they can foment actionand participate; they have an assertive voice within the social web.Manifesto for Networked Objects:Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of ThingsBlogjects
  • 9. Blogjects
  • 10. Blogjects / Tweetject
  • 11. Bleecker says there are three key characteristics of a blogject:1. Blogjects track and trace where they are and where they’ve been;2. Blogjects have self-contained (embedded) histories of theirencounters and experiences3. Blogjects always have some form of agency — they can foment actionand participate; they have an assertive voice within the social web.Manifesto for Networked Objects:Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of ThingsBlogjects
  • 12. Agents are conventionally described as having the following fourimportant features (Wooldridge & Jennings, 1995, cited Gilbert, 2008:21):• Autonomy – there is no global controller dictating what an agent does,i.e. it does whatever it is programmed to do in its current situation,• Social Ability – they are able to interact with other agents,• Reactivity – they able react appropriately to stimuli coming from theirenvironment,• Proactivity – an agent must have a goal or goals that it pursues on itsown initiative. Agency
  • 13. Agency / Recommender systems
  • 14. Agency / Recommender systems
  • 15. • Perception – they can perceive their environment, possibly including the presence of other agents, • Communication – they can send messages to and receive messages from other agents, • Memory – they have a memory, which records their previous states and actions, • Policy – they have a set of rules, heuristics, or strategies that determines, given their present situation and their history, what behaviours they will now carry out. Gillbert’s (2008:11)Agency
  • 16. Behaviours and habits
  • 17. Behaviours and habits
  • 18. Behaviours and habits
  • 19. Ethnomethodology
  • 20. Take Me I’m Yours
  • 21. 1. ReadTake Me I’m Yours
  • 22. WorkshopA Social Dimension for Digital Architectural Practice Social City
  • 23. A Social Dimension for Digital Architectural Practice Social City
  • 24. A Social Dimension for Digital Architectural Practice Social City